Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize 'Social Equity'
Cannabis plants grow inside a medical marijuana dispensary in Richmond, Va., known as gLeaf. The Virginia Legislature voted to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.Alex Scribner/VPM

Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize 'Social Equity'

April 7, 20214:47 PM ET BEN PAVIOUR

Virginia's Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana on Wednesday, making it the 16th state to take the step.

Under Virginia's new law, adults ages 21 and over can possess an ounce or less of marijuana beginning on July 1, rather than Jan. 1, 2024. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, proposed moving up the date, arguing it would be a mistake to continue to penalize people for possessing a drug that would soon be legal.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, also a Democrat, broke a 20-20 vote tie in Virginia's Senate to pass the bill. No Republicans supported the measure.

Democratic House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn hailed the plan.

"Today, with the Governor's amendments, we will have made tremendous progress in ending the targeting of Black and brown Virginians through selective enforcement of marijuana prohibition by this summer," she said in a statement.

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