RICHMOND, VA — Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalize cannabis for adult use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would begin.
With a compromise bill having cleared the state House and Senate, Virginia becomes the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization.
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The bill was a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of color under current marijuana laws.
But talks between Democrats in the House and Senate grew tense in…
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