Virginia Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Delay Of Marijuana Legalization Study

Virginia Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Delay Of Marijuana Legalization Study

The Virginia legislature has 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. Ralph Northam (D) said he wanted it enacted, but suggested that lawmakers take up a series of revisions when they met for a reconvened session on Wednesday. One of those amendments called for a delay in the due date of a study on broader cannabis legalization mandated by the bill. The governor, who seemed to try to take credit for the original study language that lawmakers approved in the bill, was actually requesting that its report deadline be moved back a full year, from November 30, 2020 to November 30, 2021. As we decriminalize simple possession of marijuana and seal the records of prior convictions, I am proposing a study to assess the impact of fully legalizing marijuana in the Commonwealth. — Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) April 12, 2020 The Senate rejected the proposed delay amendment to SB 2 on Wednesday, however. The House of Delegates initially agreed to Northam’s postponement when taking up its identical HB 972, but the Senate later shot down the change a second time when it considered the House bill. Delegates were not able to add the delay back into the Senate bill when they received that legislation later in the evening for the final vote.…

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