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Northam to introduce, support legislation to legalize marijuana

17 November 2020 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday announced he will introduce and support legislation to legalize marijuana in Virginia. If Virginia legalizes marijuana for recreational use, it would be the first southern state to do so.

The announcement comes as the Northam administration prepares to release a report on the impact of legalizing adult-use marijuana, “which was compiled with robust input from government officials, policy experts, healthcare professionals, and community leaders,” according to a press release.

The Northam administration is working closely with lawmakers to finalize legislation in advance of the 2021 General Assembly session. Any legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana will need to address the following five principles. Social equity, racial equity and economic equity; public health, protections for young people, upholding the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act; and data collection.

Gov. Northam signed legislation this year that decriminalized simple marijuana possession in Virginia. 

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