Virginia’s Legislature has voted to legalize the posession and growing of marijuana.
It’s official—Virginia just approved historic legislation legalizing the simple possession of marijuana on July 1, 2021.
This is a monumental step to address racial disparities in our criminal justice system and build an equitable, inclusive future for our Commonwealth.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) April 8, 2021
As reported by Complex, Virginia’s ground-breaking weed legalization will go into effect on July 1, 2021, and the law will permit adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, each household to grow no more than four marijuana plants, and retail sales of cannabis to start in 2024. Although Virginia’s bill will not allow the public consumption of weed, its legalization bill leads the way in the South’s attitude toward marijuana.
Ahead of the Legislature’s vote, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring said, “The time has come for our state to legalize marijuana. The amendments ensure that while we’re doing the complicated work of standing up a commercial market, we aren’t delaying immediate reforms that will make our Commonwealth more equitable for all Virginians.”
This major legislation arrives nearly a year after the state’s Legislature agreed to “decriminalize” marijuana last summer. Stay tuned to see whether more Southern states follow Virginia’s lead.