RICHMOND, VA — The Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to accept Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill that will allow limited possession and cultivation of the plant starting in July of this year.

It will be legal to possess one ounce, and grow four plants, on July 1. But retail stores will not open until 2024. Time to grow your own?

Previously, the Legislature had voted to legalize cannabis—but not until 2024.

Northam sent the bill back to lawmakers substantially changed from the version they sent him February. The amendments lawmakers agreed to Wednesday would accelerate the timeline of legalization by about three years, a move that’s been cheered by racial justice…

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