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Virginia's Legal Marijuana Market on Indefinite Hold

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Virginia legalized simple possession of marijuana in 2021, but the establishment of a legal market has stalled due to opposition from Republican lawmakers and Governor Glen Younkin.

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Virginia made history in 2021 by becoming the first southern state to legalize marijuana. However, the establishment of a legal market for adult-use marijuana has hit a roadblock due to opposition from state Republican lawmakers and Governor Glen Younkin.

State lawmakers are set to take up numerous bills authorizing marijuana sales for recreational use and regulating hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD), but the prospects of passage are uncertain due to opposition from the state's top elected officials.

Virginia will not have a legal marijuana market this year, and legislators are unlikely to take up the issue again until their regular session begins in January.

A person can have, grow, possess & share up to one ounce of marijuana, but Virginia has not established a legal means of acquiring the drug, which has led to confusion and uncertainty among residents.

Cannabis advocates are sharing their concerns about confusion regarding Virginia's marijuana laws, following a raid by Richmond police of a local smoke shop that was believed to be selling marijuana products.

This summer, Maryland will join its DMV neighbors in allowing adults 21 and older to consume marijuana recreational. But the rules for Virginia's legal of marijuana are still being worked out.

In 2021, lawmakers legalize simple possess of marijuana, but talks to begin recreational sales stalled out in the 2022 session and are unlikely to be taken up again until next year.

Virginia's adult-use marijuana market is on indefinite hold because of opposition from state Republican lawmakers and Governor Glen Younkin. The delay has frustrated advocates who were hoping to see the state's legal market up and running by now.

It's now legal to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in Virginia. But there's no legal way to buy it or sell it, and now, on 4/20, some residents are left wondering what the point of legal was if there is no legal market to support it.

Despite the delay, advocates remain optimistic that Virginia will eventually establish a legal market for adult-use marijuana. They point to the fact that the state has already decriminalized possess of small amounts of marijuana and established a medical marijuana program.

In the meantime, residents in Virginia will have to continue navigating the state's confusing marijuana laws and dealing with the uncertainty surrounding the establishment of a legal market.

The delay in establishing a legal market for adult-use marijuana in Virginia highlights the challenges faced by states attempting to legalize the drug. Opposition from lawmakers and concerns about public health and safety have led some states to move more cautiously than others.

Despite the challenges, advocates remain committed to pushing for legal in Virginia and other states, arguing that legal and regulating the drug is the best way to ensure public safety and reduce the harms associated with prohibition.

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