Another U.S. state backed marijuana legalization
The Virginia House of Representatives and Senate voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults in the state. This was reported by the Associated Press.
According to the new bill, possession of marijuana up to 28.3 grams will become legal on January 1, 2024.
According to the agency, Virginia became the southernmost U.S. state to vote for legalization. The bill will go to Governor Ralph Northam, who has previously voiced his support for it, for his signature.
In 2020, state authorities decriminalized marijuana possession. Under current law, the maximum penalty for cannabis possession is now a $25 fine.
Earlier, on February 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a majority vote a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. It not only looks at the legal distribution and possession of cannabis, but also the overturning of previous convictions for marijuana use and possession.