Virginia Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill In Ceremonial Event—Even Though It’s Already Enacted

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Wednesday ceremonially signed a bill to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth. While the legislation was technically already enacted earlier this month when lawmakers approved a series of amendments the governor recommended after they first sent the bill to his desk, the cannabis policy change marks a significant achievement for Northam in the final year of his administration—and so he arranged a ceremony to put pen to paper on the reform. The event, which the governor deemed a “joint press conference” in a tweet at 4:20 PM on Tuesday’s 4/20 cannabis holiday, also featured lawmakers and advocates, including NORML Virginia Executive Director Jenn Michelle Pedini. Tune in Wednesday at 2:00 PM for a joint press conference with advocates and policymakers as I ceremonially sign legislation legalizing the simple possession of marijuana in Virginia. — Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) April 20, 2021 “We are here today to celebrate a milestone for Virginia. We are the first state in the south to move forward with legalizing marijuana,” he said. “This is yet another example of Democrats—yes, Democrats—listening to Virginians and taking action on the will of the people.” “This is the latest step we are taking toward building a more equitable and just Virginia and reforming our criminal justice system to make it more fair,” he said. NORML’s Pedini said that “today and together we celebrate an extraordinary victory for cannabis justice in the Commonwealth.” “Still, we do have so much more work ahead, and NORML remains committed to continuing our efforts on behalf of Virginians with the legislature, with the administration, with the new Virginia Cannabis Control Authority, to make sure that we do get this right,” they said. The governor strongly advocated for cannabis reform, and lawmakers sent bills to enact legalization to his desk…

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