Virginia lawmakers approved a bill Saturday that would legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana — but not until 2024.
The move makes Virginia the first Southern state to vote to legalize recreational marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization, for his signature.
“We are on the path to an equitable law allowing for adults to not be penalized for using cannabis,” Democratic state Sen. Adam Ebbin, the chief sponsor of the Senate bill, said Sunday.