New Virginia Governor Expresses Concerns About Cannabis

High Times

Virginia made history last year when it became the first state in the South to legalize recreational pot, but that came at a time when Democrats controlled the state government. Now, with Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin set to take office in less than two weeks and the GOP ready to assume control of one-half of the general assembly, the state of legalization in the commonwealth looks a bit hazier than it did nine months ago. But in a new interview, Youngkin says he isn’t going to pull the plug on the new law entirely. “I will not seek to overturn the law on personal possession,” Youngkin said in an interview with Virginia Business that was published on Friday. When it comes to setting up a new marijuana market, however, the incoming governor is less sure. “When it comes to commercialization, I think there is a lot of work to be done. I’m not against it, but there’s a lot of work to be done,” Youngkin said in the interview. “There are some nonstarters, including the forced unionization that’s in the current bill. There have been concerns expressed by law enforcement in how the gap in the laws can actually be enforced. Finally, there’s a real need to make sure that we aren’t promoting an anti-competitive industry. I do understand that there are preferences to make sure that all participants in the industry are qualified to do the industry well.” In April of last year, Virginia’s outgoing governor, the Democrat Ralph Northam, signed a bill into law legalizing possession of cannabis for adults aged 21 and older. The legislation passed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly weeks before, making it legal to possess up to an ounce of pot as of July 1, 2021.  “What this really means is that people will no…

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