Posts Tagged Marijuana Legalization

Advocates Rejoice as Marijuana Becomes Legal in Virginia

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The prohibition against marijuana is drawing to a close. As of Thursday, pot will be legal in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Now That Virginia Has Legalized Marijuana, What’s Happens Next?

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Now that lawmakers have taken action to legalize marijuana, they still need to make decisions about how the new industry will be regulated. Michael Pope reports.

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General Assembly Passes Northam Amendment, Marijuana to Be Legalized July 1st

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The Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to accept Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill that will allow limited possession and cultivation of the drug beginning in July. Michael Pope has details.

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The General Assembly Has Approved Marijuana Legalization, But Details Up in the Air

The House and the Senate have both approved legalizing marijuana, although there are differences between the two approaches that still need to be worked out. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Senate Follows House’s Lead, Votes to Legalize Marijuana

Lawmakers are moving forward with legalizing marijuana. Michael Pope reports.

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House of Delegates Set to Vote on Marijuana Legalization Friday

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Last year, Virginia decriminalized the possession of marijuana. Thursday, the House of Delegates discussed the issues involved with legalizing it. Jahd Khalil reports.

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Homegrown Marijuana Provision Remains in Legalization Legislation

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Lawmakers in Richmond are debating a bill that would legalize marijuana, and not just at the neighborhood store. As Michael Pope reports, people would be able to grow pot at home.

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State Lawmakers Trying to Iron Out Fine Details of Potential Marijuana Legalization

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Lawmakers may be on the verge of legalizing marijuana in Virginia. But, they need to wrestle with some thorny issues first. Michael Pope reports.

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Marijuana Legalization May Be on the Horizon in Virginia, But Questions Remain for Banks

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Lawmakers in Virginia may be on the verge of legalizing marijuana. But, nobody is taking that news to the bank just yet. Michael Pope reports.

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Marijuana Arrests in Virginia Reach 20 Year High

StateSeal00According to Virginia police, arrests for possessing marijuana are on the rise in the Commonwealth. In 2018, almost 30,000 people were impacted. That’s triple the number from the late 90’s. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Decriminalize First Marijuana Offense

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Members of the public largely came out to support decriminalizing marijuana. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Over the past decade Virginia has arrested more than 130,000 people for possession of marijuana. Those arrests are almost entirely men, and more than half are college-aged. Even though Virginia’s population is only 20% black, almost half of all marijuana arrests are of African Americans.

Those were the findings of a new report released by Virginia’s State Crime Commission Monday. Now one lawmaker plans on using that data to fight for decriminalization. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Despite Some GOP Support, Complete Pot Legalization in Virginia Still Faces Challenges

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Some GOP lawmakers in Virginia are softening their stance on marijuana. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana reform, once the province of liberals and Democrats. But now, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans are getting into the act.

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