Adults in Virginia will have the ability to legally buy marijuana for leisure use in two years, underneath a proposal unveiled Wednesday by the governor of the commonwealth.

Underneath the proposal supplied up by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, according to local television station WRIC, adults aged 21 years and older would have the ability to buy pot as of January 1, 2023. 

Citing a spokesperson for the governor, the station reported that gross sales of leisure pot wouldn’t start till that day, however implementation “would have a fast timeline of roughly 20 to 22 months after the invoice is handed.”

Furthermore, WRIC reported that the governor’s proposal “would put limits on possession, not more than an oz. of “marijuana plant materials,” and on the focus of companies.”

Northam is predicted to elaborate additional on the proposal throughout his State of the State tackle on Wednesday in that capital metropolis of Richmond.

In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Northam, a Democrat, mentioned he was proud to have labored with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to “equitably legalize marijuana in Virginia.”

Northam mentioned his invoice “expunges prior marijuana convictions, reinvests cash in over-policed communities, and promotes various possession within the trade,” a restorative justice measure that has accompanied legalization measures in different states.

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The proposal is on no account a shock, as Virginia Democrats have been telegraphing a transfer towards legalization for the previous 12 months. Northam himself announced his support to end prohibition in November.

“It’s time to legalize marijuana in Virginia,” Northam mentioned on the time. “Our Commonwealth has a possibility to be the primary state within the South to take this step, and we are going to lead with a deal with fairness, public well being, and public security. I stay up for working with the Common Meeting to get this proper.”

And in April of last year, Northam signed laws that decriminalized easy possession of marijuana within the state, saying on the time that the brand new legislation would “fight mass incarceration, enhance help for returning residents, and be certain that those that have paid their debt to society have a significant second likelihood.”

There’s additionally help in Virginia’s common meeting for legalization, as evidenced by a bill submitted last week by Democrat Steve Heretick, a member of Virginia’s Home of Delegates.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Northam’s proposed laws contains “a 21% state tax on the drug and a licensing program meant to ease entry for individuals harmed by the disparate enforcement of marijuana legal guidelines.” The newspaper reported that gross sales “could be restricted to an oz. of marijuana, or 28 grams,” and that each one gross sales could be “taxed at an general fee of round 30%, in keeping with charges in Colorado and Illinois, which fall on the upper finish of states with up-and-running markets.” 

The Times-Dispatch said that Heretick’s invoice “would set a decrease tax fee at 15%; direct two-thirds of the revenues to the overall fund and the remaining to public schooling; and would enable for higher native management over licensing necessities for marijuana retailers.”