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It’s here: Virginians prepare for legalized marijuana on Thursday

A sign staked in the median of North Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond reads “Grow your four.” Just up the street, Happy Trees Agricultural Supply is helping people get ready to do just that. With rows of fertilizer, lights and other hydroponics supplies, Happy Trees co-founders Josiah Ickes and Christopher Haynie are preparing people to grow their own marijuana plants in their homes.

That’s because on Thursday, Virginia becomes the first state in the South where it’s legal for people 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of pot.

Over the past few weeks, the five phone lines at Happy Trees have been flooded with calls from eager customers inquiring about growing supplies, how to get started and what exactly will become legal once the law is enacted on Thursday.

“They’re asking us grow questions and things about that as we prepare for July 1,” Ickes said. “But they’re also trying to understand the law. They’re trying to understand what does this all mean?”

Virginia is one of 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the United States, an effort that reflects growing cultural acceptance of the plant and a desire to minimize disparate enforcement against people of color. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. [Read More @ The Washington Post]

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