New Marijuana Laws Take Effect In Connecticut, South Dakota And Virginia

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It’s been an active year for marijuana reform—and that’s clearly demonstrated by the fact that new laws legalizing cannabis for recreational or medical use go into effect in three additional states on Thursday. Recreational marijuana legalization policies passed by lawmakers are now in effect in Connecticut and Virginia, while medical cannabis has been implemented in South Dakota following voter approval of a ballot initiative last year. This comes days after adult-use marijuana legalization took effect in New Mexico. Not all of the components of the new laws are immediately in force. Here’s a rundown of what is and isn’t legal in each state as of July 1: Virginia In Virginia, public possession of up to one ounce of cannabis by adults over 21 is legal, and personal cultivation of up to four plants at home is also allowed. Private sharing of up to an ounce of marijuana between adults is also legal, as long as no remuneration is involved. According to a website launched by Virginia regulators this month, “all records of misdemeanor possession with intent to distribute marijuana arrests, charges, and convictions will be automatically sealed from public view in the Virginia State Police’s systems” starting on Thursday as well. Regulators can start developing rules for adult-use retail establishments starting on July 1, shops cannot open until January 1, 2024 and it will “take time for the authority to hire staff, write regulations, and implement equity and safety initiatives.” Most of the legal cannabis sales provisions of the law are subject to reenactment by the legislature under the final deal agreed to by lawmakers earlier this year, meaning that the timeline could end up shifting after the next legislative session. In the meantime, activists with Virginia Marijuana Justice will be celebrating the implementation of legalization on Thursday by giving…

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