skip to Main Content
‘This Is Coming:’ State Work Group Releases Blueprint For Legalizing Marijuana In Virginia

Virginia should establish a Cannabis Cabinet to steer its effort to legalize marijuana, according to a work group that released nearly 500 pages of recommendations Monday. The report, ordered by law last year, adds that the cabinet should learn from the efforts of 10 states where it’s legal to sell recreational marijuana, with a focus on how a new industry can correct for racism in drug enforcement.

“What it means is that this is being taken seriously, that we know this is coming, and that Virginia wants to do it right,” said state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who plans to sponsor a bill to legalize marijuana.

The 23-member work group interviewed federal leaders, state regulators, law enforcement, addiction specialists, and community advocates. It found that Black Virginians are approximately three times as likely to be arrested for marijuana charges than their white counterparts; the ratio is higher in some places including Arlington, where Black Virginians are eight times as likely to be arrested for marijuana-related charges than white residents.

Jenn Michelle Pedini, executive director of the pro-legalizing organization Virginia NORML and a member of the work group, said those statistics informed the group’s approach. [Read more at WAMU]

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Stories

ICYMI: Adding Marijuana to a NIST Handbook

by Hilary Bricken, Principle at Harris Bricken Not many people get excited about revisions and updates to the very dry National Institute of Standards and Technology  (“NIST”) handbooks. For example, the NIST 44 Handbook contains the “Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices.” The handbooks are adopted every year at the…

Dama Financial to Acquire GrowFlow

PRESS RELEASE SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dama Financial (“Dama”), the nation’s largest provider of access to banking and payment solutions for the cannabis industry, has entered into an agreement to acquire GrowFlow Corp. (“GrowFlow”), whose business management and compliance tools have processed more than $3.3 billion for cannabis retailers, cultivators, processors, and distributors. Combining Dama’s…

The REIT Stuff: AFC Gamma CEO Leonard Tannenbaum on Institutional Lending in Cannabis

At the tail-end of our recent phone interview, I mentioned to Leonard Tannenbaum, founder, partner, and CEO of West Palm Beach, Florida-based AFC Gamma (NASDAQ: AFCG), that the term “boutique REIT” had popped into my head as he was explaining how AFC goes about its business and how it differentiates itself from other REITs in…

‘Thrifty’ Clever Leaves Looks To Bolster Its European Ambitions

CLEVER Leaves, a multinational global cannabis producer, has been granted a licence to more than double its cultivation facility in Portugal as it looks to Europe to help boost revenues after a difficult debut year as a listed company. In December, the company announced that the Portuguese health authority Infarmed had greenlit the expansion of…

More Categories

Back To Top
×Close search