Virginia Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Delay Of Marijuana Legalization Study

On Wednesday, April 22, the Virginia legislature rejected two governor-proposed amendments to a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in the state. Meanwhile, they approved his suggested changes to the definition of medical cannabis products that can be legally accessed under a separate measure. Following the passage of the decriminalization legislation last month, Gov. Northam said he wanted a delay in the due date of a study on broader cannabis legalization mandated by the bill from November 30, 2020 to November 30, 2021. The legislature rejected that change and the study will be due by the original date. In other states, these studies have often led to the proposal of adult-use bills.

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