A proposal by Governor Ralph Northam for recreational use and the cultivation of small amounts of cannabis to become legal as of July 1 was approved by the state assembly, according to the local press.
Part of a group of pro-conservative states (known as the “Bible Belt”), where the Republican party is traditionally the strongest, Virginia will be the 16th American state to move forward with the measure.
According to the governor’s office, the proposal for immediate legalization is intended to reduce the number of arrests and convictions for cannabis use, which affects African Americans “disproportionately”.
According to the ABC television channel, before licenses for the sale of light drugs are granted, legislators will have to pass regulations.
New York State officially legalized recreational cannabis use earlier this month, after legislation passed by both chambers of the New York legislative assembly.
According to estimates made by the organizations that supported this regulatory bill, it could generate US $ 350 million in annual taxes and create between 30,000 and 60,000 jobs.
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