Posts Tagged Marijuana
State lawmakers unlikely to move forward with a marijuana marketplace this year
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on February 22, 2023
Lawmakers are wrapping up their General Assembly session this year. Michael Pope reports they are likely to leave town without taking action on creating a retail market for marijuana.
New penalties may be on the way for small amounts of marijuana possession
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on June 2, 2022
Marijuana is now legal in Virginia in small amounts. But, as Michael Pope reports, new penalties could be on the horizon.
A regulated marijuana marketplace in Virginia likely isn’t happening this year
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on February 28, 2022
The effort to create a regulated marijuana marketplace is going nowhere, at least for this year. Michael Pope has more from the General Assembly.
Republicans and Democrats at odds over best approach to marijuana licenses
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on February 16, 2022
The House of Delegates is considering a bill from the Senate that creates new licenses to sell marijuana. Michael Pope reports.
Effort to move up commercial marijuana sales moves forward in Senate, but future is hazy in the House
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on February 15, 2022
Legal sales of marijuana could begin as early as September. Michael Pope reports on the potential change of plan.
Marijuana and Firearms Updates at the Board of Forensic Science
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on July 15, 2021
In a Wednesday meeting the Board of Forensic Science made regulatory changes in light of Marijuana legalization and was briefed on a backlog of firearms and toxicology cases. Jahd Khalil reprots.
Now That Virginia Has Legalized Marijuana, What Happens Next?
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on April 8, 2021
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.
General Assembly Passes Northam Amendment, Marijuana to Be Legalized July 1st
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on April 7, 2021
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.
Marijuana Legalization May Be on the Horizon in Virginia, But Questions Remain for Banks
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 1, 2020
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.
Pretext Stops Related to the Smell of Marijuana May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on September 30, 2020
The Virginia Senate is about to consider a bill that could dramatically reduce the number of people who are stopped and searched by police officers. Michael Pope reports.
Marijuana Decriminalization: How Will It Impact Racial Inequities in Arrests?
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on June 29, 2020
Wednesday, Virginia will decriminalize marijuana possession. But, that does not mean that enforcement of the law won’t fall disproportionately on Black people. Michael Pope reports.
Marijuana Decriminalization May Soon Be a Reality in Virginia
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on February 21, 2020
Virginia is on the verge of decriminalizing marijuana, and bills to make that happen have already passed the House and Senate. Michael Pope reports.
It’s Looking Like Virginia Will Decriminalize Marijuana Possession This Year
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on January 3, 2020
A few years ago, decriminalization of marijuana possession seemed out of reach in Virginia. Now, as Michael Pope reports, it’s very likely to happen this year.
2019 State of the Commonwealth Report: A Healthy Virginia Economy
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 24, 2019
Virginia’s economy continued to expand this year. Nick Gilmore reports that’s the finding of Old Dominion University’s annual State of the Commonwealth report.
You can find the full report here.
Marijuana Arrests in Virginia Reach 20 Year High
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on July 23, 2019
According 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.
Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Decriminalize First Marijuana Offense
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on November 1, 2017
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.