Northam signs bill that legalizes possession of cannabis in Virginia starting July 1


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Ralph Northam held a ceremonial signing on Wednesday for the bill legalizing possession of recreational cannabis in Virginia, the day after 4/20.

Virginia is the first state in the South to do so. Simple possession will be legal come July 1 after Northam made amendments that pushed legalization up from the initial 2024 date, but sales still won’t be legal until 2024.

The changes, which allow for some growth of cannabis plants at home (four plants), passed in the House and the Senate, where Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) broke a 20-20 tie.

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