Virginia Gov. Ralph Northan plans to set the path as the first U.S. state in the South to allow recreational use of marijuana.
“Legalizing marijuana will happen in Virginia, and as it happens, we want to make sure that we regulate it properly and that we do it the right way,” Northam said during a press conference call with reporters. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that even though Black and white Virginians use marijuana at similar rates, Black state residents are 3 times more likely to face arrest. The overall plan is to move towards decriminalization and join the 15 other states that have already done so. Marijuana is fully legal in;
- Washington D.C.
- South Dakota
- New Jersey
- New York.
The NBA is even looking into continuing its relaxed ban on recreational drugs as they did during their resumed season in the Bubble.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission study also found that legalization could generate more than $300 million per year in tax revenues by the 5th year in operation. Then if they also decriminalize, it could reduce marijuana arrests by 84%. Plus more than 11,000 jobs could be created with the legalization of marijuana. Over 120,000 Virginians would benefit from these actions going into effect.
If things go as planned to legalize adult use of marijuana in Virginia, it would likely take at least two years to put a regulatory structure in place and begin licensing companies to operate in the state, according to the study. Gov. Northam plans to propose legislation legalizing marijuana when the General Assembly convenes in January.
Reefer Madness: Twitter Criticized Over Addiction Warning Atop Marijuana Trending Topic
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Shame on Twitter for having this at the top of the "marijuana" search and not the "alcohol" search pic.twitter.com/m5B8t5xHYV— Becca (@beccaleeeeeee) September 15, 2020
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The fuck is this, Twitter? Marijuana is trending, I click it and I see this disclaimer thing? For weed??? In MY 2020???? No thanks, grandma pic.twitter.com/QpAnEQDQd6— cat profile pic rando (@reread4lyfe) September 15, 2020
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Coming soon:— chiefin'wahoo (@ChiefinWahoo) September 15, 2020
Kendall's Premium 120 Marijuana Cigarettes pic.twitter.com/LzqzTZZTTg
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There are no good reasons to support decriminalization of marijuana over full blown legalization— Joe Biden is a Dick Cheney Democrat 🥋 (@SocialistMMA) September 15, 2020
Doing so is shady imo
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Twitter really taking the threat of *checks notes* Marijuana more seriously than the rise of fascism in america. C’mon @jack your platform is used to amplify stochastic terrorism stop being complacent. pic.twitter.com/pO1AMpO2r9— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) September 15, 2020
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I want to tweet about #LegalizeIt marijuana but you have to get over a banner before you see the tweets.— WWJCD #Sorry4urLoss (@GreenJeanASSET) September 15, 2020
When was the last time they put a banner over any alcohol related tweets?
I think we should all just call the SAMHSA and let them know that #cannabis laws are outdated. pic.twitter.com/ntxiLJEMFC
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I saw marijuana trending thinking they passed a new law making it legal across the board . I was wrong . It brought me to this 😒 pic.twitter.com/zTNx2ZAAfZ— 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 🇭🇹 (@TheGoodLife_32) September 15, 2020
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This man's name is Sean Worsley. He's a disabled veteran who served in Iraq, and he's facing five years in prison for possessing marijuana that a doctor prescribed to him. #SeanWorsley pic.twitter.com/L2tPmltX9w— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) September 14, 2020
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