Medical marijuana could be coming to Virginia in 2017 if Governor Terry McAuliffe has it his way. The governor shared his support for medical marijuana during an interview with WTOP radio Wednesday and said he’d like to legalize a statewide cannabis program for medical patients, but didn’t think Virginia state lawmakers would back him up.
The governor made it clear he wasn’t pro-legal recreational weed, but said he’d fully support any measures to pass medical marijuana. “I do not support legalization of marijuana in Virginia,” McAuliffe responded. “I do support it for medicinal purposes. I will sign any bill you can get to me, because I’m a big believer in that.”
Although McAuliffe said he’d be ready to sign a bill legalizing medical cannabis in Virginia as soon as 2017, the governor – who was recently snapped in a photo alongside a can of Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Reserve marijuana – didn’t believe Virginia’s General Assembly would be ready to pass a medical marijuana reform before he leaves office next year. [Read more at International Business Times]