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Northam administration releases report on legalizing recreational marijuana

Added 12-01-20 12:23:02pm EST - “Gov. Ralph Northam's administration released a report Monday detailing the best process for Virginia to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, which the governor supports.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Northam administration releases report on legalizing recreational marijuana”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration released a report Monday detailing the best process for Virginia to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, which the governor supports.

The Impact on the Commonwealth of Legalizing the Sale and Personal Use of Marijuana report includes meeting minutes from the Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group, which was established to study the effects of legalization. It also outlines several aspects of legalization, which includes taxes, banking, criminal justice, licensing, regulation and consumer safety.

“We will advance new laws to make sure that our Commonwealth legalizes marijuana the right way,” Northam said in a statement. “Virginia has studied the experience of other states, and this report lays out a path forward that leads with social equity, public health and public safety.”

Northam said any legalization bill should focus on five main principles: social, racial and economic equity, public health, protections for young people, data collection and upholding the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act.

According to the governor’s office, the enforcement of marijuana laws has been based on discrimination and the criminalization of marijuana users has disproportionately harmed minority communities. His office encouraged future marijuana legalization bills to work on undoing these harms with initiatives that focus on social equity license programs, access to capital and community reinvestments.

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