Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration on Wednesday revealed legislation to legislate the leisure usage of marijuana in Virginia, proposing a 21% state tax on the drug and a licensing program implied to alleviate entry for individuals damaged by the diverse enforcement of marijuana laws.
Following years of advocacy by civil liberties groups, Northam tossed his assistance behind legalization in November, hailing it as an advance for racial equity and a successful undertaking for the state, which would end up being the very first in the South to legislate the drug.
The procedure deals with great chances in Virginia’s legislature, showing the plain modifications that have actually featured Democrats’ sweeping control of state federal government. The trademark legislation will be officially presented by 2 of the most effective Democrats in the legislature: Home Bulk Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, and Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth. Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and Del. Don Scott Jr., D-Portsmouth, will likewise sponsor the proposition.