Marijuana reform is on the horizon for Virginia in 2021, as a lawmaker has filed a bill to legalize marijauana in the state for adult use.
The new legislation would allow adults twenty-one (21) and older to purchase and possess up to an ounce of marijuana. It calls for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to regulate the cannabis program, as it already does for hemp.
To better understand the steps that were taken towards this seed-to-sale bill, the move came a month after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) included provisions to lay the groundwork for marijuana legalization in a budget proposal that is also asking for millions of dollars in supporting expungements related to cannabis.
This year Virginia is looking at several proposals to end marijuana prohibition, and the bill from Del. Steve Heretick (D) is likely the first of many more that the legislature will see this session.
Heretick stated in a press release,“This bill is built upon the lessons of other states throughout the country which have enacted similar reform.” He further elaborated,“It is time for Virgina to take a very mature and disciplined approach towards marijuana consumption. That…