Payments to legalize marijuana in Virginia sail by way of committees because the Friday deadline is approaching

The legalization of marijuana in Virginia took a step forward over the weekend as two proposals to legalize cannabis in the state received enough votes in key committees to move to the bottom votes.

This is part of a legalization plan proposed by State Democrats in mid-January.

After the proposal was approved by five committees and sub-committees last weekend, it must be approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives by Friday.

“Our bill to legalize cannabis continues. It has passed the House Courts Committee and is moving to Appropriations next week. Proud to be the Patron Saint of this pioneering piece of legislation which is (a) great step forward towards equity in the Commonwealth. “Charniele Herring, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, tweeted on January 31st.

Virginia Law and Cannabis Legalization

Since legalizing limited-THC cannabis in 2018, Virginia has made strides in legalizing recreational cannabis. Last year, the state continued in that direction by decriminalizing cannabis possession in April 2020.

The legalization offer, which was passed by the Virginia state committees last weekend, was drafted in November 2020. Although the current version of the proposal has seen several changes and revisions since then, the end goal is the same: full legalization of both medicinal products and recreational cannabis use.

“Our goal was to create the best possible legal framework to legalize adult marijuana use in a safe and equitable manner,” said Paul Krizek, D, chairman of the ABC and Gaming Subcommittee of the Virginia House of General Laws.

What’s Next for Virginia Marijuana Legalization?

Upon approval by the above committees, Virginia marijuana legislation will be transferred to the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate Finance and Grants Committee.

With the current state of their plans, cannabis sales should be completely legal by 2024.

The Weed Blog will continue to provide information on the status of marijuana legalization in Virginia once information is released to the public.

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