According to the initiative, it will be possible to own marijuana from 2024 legally.
Virginia lawmakers approved a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes from 2024. This was reported by the newspaper Politico.
The state House of Representatives voted in favor of the initiative by 48 votes, with 43 lawmakers opposed. In the Virginia Senate, the margin was just one vote – 20 to 19. As the newspaper notes, not a single Republican voted for legalization. The bill was passed because the Democrats currently control both chambers of the legislature.
After the final text, the vote was approved earlier on Saturday by a conciliation commission consisting of representatives of both chambers. Now the document will go to the Democratic governor Ralph Northam, who previously made it clear that he intends to sign it.
According to this initiative, it will be possible to own marijuana from January 2024 legally. So far, an administrative fine of no more than $25 is provided for this. In 2024, the legal sale of cannabis may begin. Home cultivation will also be allowed. Since July of this year, the state authorities will already begin to form a special agency that will deal with the regulation of marijuana trafficking.
Currently, at the federal level, the United States laws do not allow the possession and smoking of marijuana, which is classified as a drug. Simultaneously, its use for recreational purposes was allowed in some states and the metropolitan District of Columbia. In more than 30 other states, it is not considered an offense to sell marijuana for medical purposes. In most cases, the use of cannabis is allowed for people suffering from cancer, glaucoma, and some other diseases and recovery processes after a stroke, some injuries, and depression.