'This is a very complicated issue': Reaction to possibility of Virginia legalizing marijuanaPosted by On

BRISTOL, Va. (WHJL) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring Monday announced their support to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, the same day a legislative watchdog group released a study proving its benefits.

“It’s time to legalize marijuana in Virginia,” Gov. Northam said in a press release. “Our Commonwealth has an opportunity to be the first state in the South to take this step, and we will lead with a focus on equity, public health, and public safety. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to get this right.”

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)  researched legalizing marijuana in Virginia at the behest of state lawmakers. The study reviewed how Virginia should legalize and
regulate the growth, sale, and possession of marijuana.

The JLARC study found, amongst other observations, that tax collection from…

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