Virginia House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Senate Vote Coming Soon

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The Virginia House of Delegates on Friday approved a bill to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, with a Senate vote scheduled for later in the day on that chamber’s separate version. The bills have been heard and amended by numerous committees and subcommittees since Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and top lawmakers unveiled their legalization proposal last month. The House approved the final version of its bill in a 55-42 vote, with two abstentions. Huge win!! My marijuana legalization bill, HB2312, just passed through the full House. This legislation will provide long overdue justice for so many marginalized communities in Virginia. pic.twitter.com/g4XjtVjj5H — Charniele Herring (@C_Herring) February 5, 2021 Some members spoke in opposition to the legislation during Friday’s hearing, claiming that legalization would lead to increased youth use and impaired driving. Del. Don Scott (D) defended the proposal and emphasized that it “provides social equity and helps improve those communities who have been most impacted and harmed by the prohibition against cannabis.” Hard to believe how much the push for intersectional justice moves us Virginia Dems to act. A year ago legalizing marijuana & abolishing the death penalty were far-fetched. But Black Lives Matter protests moved the needle, so we just did both. This one's for you, George Floyd. — Del. Ibraheem Samirah (@IbraheemSamirah) February 5, 2021 Friday marks an important mid-session deadline to cross over bills from one chamber to the other. The House version will now head to the Senate; and if the Senate approves its version later in the day, that will be transmitted to the House for consideration. After that point it is expected that a bicameral conference committee will be empaneled to resolve the differences between the two chambers’ bills and merge them into a single proposal that the full legislature can send to the…

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