(The Center Square) – Debate over laws to legalize marijuana in Virginia will head into subsequent week as Democratic lawmakers attempt to attain a compromise on totally different approaches via a joint convention committee.
House and Senate lawmakers handed their very own variations of marijuana legalization, however key variations in native authority, timing and licensing guidelines will should be hashed out earlier than they will produce agreed-upon laws.
Both variations would legalize the cultivation, transport and sale of marijuana by 2024, however differ on when possession will probably be totally legalized. The House model would legalize possession on the identical time of sale, whereas the Senate model would legalize possession starting in June of this 12 months. Marijuana possession is presently decriminalized in Virginia and easy possession will solely land an individual a $25 nice.
The Senate model would come with an opt-out clause for native governments, which might allow them to prohibit the sale of marijuana inside their jurisdiction; nevertheless, possession would nonetheless be authorized statewide. The House model wouldn’t let localities choose out, however would topic marijuana gross sales to native zoning legal guidelines.
License capability restrictions for marijuana would even be much less strict within the Senate model than the House model.