Virginia Set To Be First Southern State To Legalize Marijuana

(The AEGIS Alliance) – Virginia is ready to change into the first Southern state to legalize marijuana, an indication of the times in a state where Democrats have soared to power in recent times.

The state’s General Assembly voted 55-42 on Friday to permit the possession, manufacturing, and sale of the substance. The bill now goes to Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, who has already indicated he’ll sign it into law. After he does, regulated retailers will have the ability to begin selling cannabis in 2024.

“If you want to help marginalized communities, here is an opportunity,” Del. Don Scott stated at the hearing, according to The Virginian Pilot.

“This is an opportunity to invest in those communities that have been decimated by the so-called war on drugs and to give us an economic leg up.”

An investigation in 2018 by The Daily Press discovered that the state’s marijuana legal guidelines unfairly targeted Black Virginians. The assessment of courtroom information discovered that white folks charged with marijuana possession had been more likely to get a second chance, whereas Black defendants were much more likely to spend time in jail. Even though only 20% of the state’s residents are Black, and despite the fact that surveys have repeatedly proven Black and white folks use marijuana at similar rates, half of those charged in Virginia with first-offense marijuana possession had been Black.

[esi random-aegis-post ttl="0"]

The sale of marijuana in Virginia, the place Democrats took full control of the state’s legislature In 2019, is predicted to raise about $300 million in tax income, state research discovered.

With Northam’s signature, the money generated will go towards preschool and public health programs, addiction treatment, and programs to deal with the consequences of marijuana’s criminalization.

Northam is also creating a plan to expunge marijuana-related offenses, his office stated last month.

Kyle James Lee – The AEGIS Alliance – This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Kyle James Lee
Kyle James Lee
Majority Owner of The AEGIS Alliance. I studied in college for Media Arts, Game Development. Talents include Writer/Article Writer, Graphic Design, Photoshop, Web Design and Development, Video Production, Social Media, and eCommerce.

The AEGIS Newsletter sends out automatically after 12 articles are published. May also include occasional updates about our YouTube Channel. Signup Form:

Leave A Comment


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The AEGIS Newsletter sends out automatically after 12 articles are published. May also include occasional updates about our YouTube Channel. Signup Form:

All things AEGIS in one place:

© The AEGIS Alliance
Signup for The AEGIS Alliance Newsletter!
The newsletter sends out automatically after eight new posts are published. Newsletters may also contain occasional updates about what's new on our YouTube channel.
You can unsubscribe at any time!

Sharing is Caring!

Please share this post with your friends