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How far is Virginia from legalizing recreational marijuana?

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Last year, Virginia became to first U.S. state in the South to begin the process of legalizing adult-use cannabis.

On July 1, 2021, it became legal for adults 21 years and older to possess less than one ounce of cannabis for personal use.

Adults meeting those age requirements are also permitted to use marijuana in private residences and may grow up to four plants per household.

It is also legal for adults who are 21 years or older to share or transfer less than one ounce of marijuana between other adults, with the exception that there is no sale or additional transaction included in that sharing.

But when it comes to the sale of recreational marijuana and the possession of more than one ounce of the substance, that remains illegal.

The law that began the timetable for legalizing adult-use cannabis established a timeline for the Commonwealth to set up regulations and guidelines before legalizing recreational sale.

The Cannabis Control Authority continues to hire staff, write regulations and work on other parts of those processes.

According to the law that went into effect on July 1, 2021, businesses will be able to acquire licenses and begin sale of recreational-use marijuana to adults 21 years or older beginning on January 1, 2024.

Commonwealth residents can receive updates on the progress of the Cannabis Control Authority and the future of marijuana sales in Virginia by signing up here.

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