Virginia Governor Calls for Further Changes to General Assembly Marijuana Laws – Cannabis and Hemp

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United States: Virginia Governor Calls for Further Changes to General Assembly Marijuana Laws

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At the end of February, we blogged on legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly legalizing recreational marijuana. On March 31, 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam submitted a replacement invoice to the Senate for consideration. See https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+SB1406. The General Assembly is scheduled for reconvene Extraordinary Session I on April 7e, when he reviews the governor’s marijuana proposal. Based on Press release, the governor requests the changes below.

  • Governor Northam is proposing two budget amendments. The First Change immediately funds a public awareness campaign on the health and safety risks of marijuana. The other measure funds training to help law enforcement officers recognize and prevent drug driving. These changes also include explicit language guiding continued support for public health education.
  • Governor Northam’s amendments allow the new cannabis control authority to revoke a company’s business license if they interfere with union organizing efforts, fail to pay the current salary as defined by the United States Department of Labor- United or classify more than 10% of employees as independent contractors.
  • The governor’s changes allow adults to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis, with no intention of distributing it, effective July 1, 2021. These changes would maintain current public safety measures that prohibit smoking while driving, smoking while driving. driving a school bus and school grounds, for example.
  • Governor Northam’s amendments allow for the expungement and sealing of marijuana criminal records as soon as state agencies are able to do so and simplify the criteria for when records can be sealed. The General Assembly passed broader legislation to implement a comprehensive radiation reform from 2025.
  • The governor’s changes will allow households to grow up to four plants as of July 1, 2021. The changes would require plants to be labeled with identifying information, out of public view, and out of the reach of people under the age of 18. 21 years old. .

Observers say the legislation will likely be the subject of further negotiations at the Virginia General Assembly, and to that extent it will remain a moving target for some time to come.

Originally posted April 5, 2021

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