Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Operation in Richmond
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The legalization of marijuana and the creation of a regulated market for the drug are among Gov. Ralph Northam's top priorities during the legislature’s winter gathering, but his proposal faces a long road ahead.
With marijuana legalization on the horizon, a broad coalition of Democrats in the Senate say it would be wrong to continue penalizing Virginians for possessing small amounts of the drug — even if no legal market exists.
Virginia lawmakers took key steps toward making Virginia the 16th state to legalize marijuana, as the House and Senate voted separately Friday to allow recreational use by adults, with retail sales by 2024.