Va. Lawmakers Eye Pot Legalization Amid Racial Justice Push

Law360 (July 6, 2020, 5:32 PM EDT) -- Top state lawmakers in Virginia have called for full legalization of marijuana shortly after the state's decriminalization law went into effect, saying a regulated commercial market should be the next step in redressing racial inequality in the criminal justice system.

The state's marijuana decriminalization law, which took effect Wednesday and removes criminal penalties for possession of the drug under one ounce, also directs various state agencies to join up and study legalization, with a report due in November. State House Democratic Majority Leader Charniele Herring said Thursday that the measure provides an important bridge to a recreational cannabis market in Virginia....

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