Virginia on Wednesday grew to turn into the primary southern US state to approve the utilization of small portions of marijuana for private use.
The state Senate and Home of Delegates voted to allow adults to own marijuana as of July 1, in a measure licensed no matter fierce opposition by Republican lawmakers.
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam in an announcement acknowledged his state had “made historical past as the primary state within the South to legalize the straightforward possession of marijuana.”
“Marijuana legal guidelines have been explicitly designed to focus on communities of coloration, and Black Virginians are disproportionately more likely to be stopped, charged, and convicted,” he acknowledged.
“Right now, Virginia took a vital step to proper these wrongs and restore justice to these harmed by a long time of over-criminalization.”
A number of totally different US states, along with New York and Colorado, have licensed associated measures, nonetheless Virginia is the primary to attain this inside the socially and politically conservative US south.
A measure licensed by the state in February would have seen the state legalize pot by 2024, nonetheless Northam requested lawmakers to switch that date forward in a bid to carry widespread prospects out of trouble.
Adults over the age of 21 will most likely be ready to legally possess as much as one ounce (28.3 grams) of cannabis for private use, along with cultivate as much as 4 vegetation per household.
Like limits on consuming in public, consuming cannabis in public shouldn’t be going to be allowed.
The licensing of cannabis manufacturing and industrial cannabis product sales shouldn’t be going to occur until July 1, 2024.
“Legalization will carry an finish to the 1000’s of low-level marijuana infractions occurring yearly… ending a discriminatory follow that far too usually targets Virginians who’re younger, poor, and other people of coloration,” acknowledged Jenn Michelle Pedini with NORML, a nationwide group lobbying for pot legalization.