Virginia Senate votes to start recreational marijuana sales in September 

Written by on 17 February, 2022

The Virginia Senate approved a bill to boost recreational marijuana sales in September of this year. With a bipartisan vote of 23 to 16, the state’s upper chamber gave the legislative proposal the go-ahead.

If the initiative becomes law, adult-use marijuana sales would begin ahead of schedule, originally scheduled for January 2024.

“This ensures that consumers can purchase safe, legally regulated products,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, the bill’s sponsor.

According to MJBizDaily, “the bill would allow some licensed medical marijuana companies in Virginia to begin recreational sales on Sept. 15.”

Likewise, the same media outlet reviewed that “the measure would postpone the full market launch until the original 2024 start date.”

It is worth mentioning that although the Senate approved the measure, the legislation now heads to the House of Delegates, where the Republican majority has refused to register cannabis bills.

On the other hand, under the provisions of the legislative proposal, pharmaceutical processors would have to pay the state the amount of $6 million to enter the market early. Likewise, hemp processors would have to pay $500,000 to enjoy the same privilege.

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