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Virginia adult-use marijuana launch in jeopardy as Republicans kill retail bill

Virginia’s planned Jan. 1, 2024, start date for legal adult-use marijuana sales is in question after a regulatory bill was killed in a Republican-controlled state General Assembly committee.

The state in 2021 became the first in the South to legalize adult-use cannabis.


The legalization measure, signed into law by then-Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, called for sales to begin no later than Jan. 1, 2024.

But the legislation left the task of figuring out key regulatory details to state lawmakers – who, to date, have not done so.

Since then, Republicans have taken control of the governor’s office as well as the House of Delegates, the state legislature’s lower body.

Partisan squabbling similar to the party-line deadlock that’s delayed legalization in other states, including Minnesota and Pennsylvania, has for the second year in a row blocked legislation necessary to allow retail sales to begin in Virginia,

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