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Virginia GOP seek to amend state’s marijuana law – Medical Marijuana Program Connection


Virginia Republicans are considering changes to the state’s marijuana law that legalizes up to an ounce of the substance for adults, including reallocating some state revenue, The Associated Press reported.

A bill introduced by State Sen. Tommy Norment (R) would channel 30% of state revenue from marijuana sales – made possible by a 2021 marijuana legalization bill passed with the support of Democrats – to a general fund for the state in place of a cannabis equity reinvestment fund, the outlet noted.

The Marijuana Legalization Act of 2021 gives people with previous convictions for marijuana-related crimes and others special consideration for marijuana licensing, but separate legislation introduced by Del. Michael Webert (R) would not keep that provision in place, the AP noted.

The Virginia delegate told the newswire that those members of society should have “a seat at the table” but should not be given priority over others.

Webert’s bill would also channel 30% of state marijuana revenue to fix school buildings in disrepair instead of the Cannabis Equity Reinvestment Fund.

These two pieces of legislation are included in at least eight bills introduced by the GOP that would make changes to the marijuana legalization law that was passed with the support of Democrats, the AP noted.

These amendments could pass given that the state marijuana regulatory revenue structure is up for a vote…

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Virginia Republicans are considering changes to the state’s marijuana law that legalizes up to an ounce of the substance for adults, including reallocating some state revenue, The Associated Press reported.

A bill introduced by State Sen. Tommy Norment (R) would channel 30% of state revenue from marijuana sales – made possible by a 2021 marijuana legalization bill passed with the support of Democrats – to a general fund for the state in place of a cannabis equity reinvestment fund, the outlet noted.

The Marijuana Legalization Act of 2021 gives people with previous convictions for marijuana-related crimes and others special consideration for marijuana licensing, but separate legislation introduced by Del. Michael Webert (R) would not keep that provision in place, the AP noted.

The Virginia delegate told the newswire that those members of society should have “a seat at the table” but should not be given priority over others.

Webert’s bill would also channel 30% of state marijuana revenue to fix school buildings in disrepair instead of the Cannabis Equity Reinvestment Fund.

These two pieces of legislation are included in at least eight bills introduced by the GOP that would make changes to the marijuana legalization law that was passed with the support of Democrats, the AP noted.

These amendments could pass given that the state marijuana regulatory revenue structure is up for a vote…

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