Virginia’s Senate on Tuesday approved bills to kick-start marijuana sales to adults and create a statewide psilocybin advisory council while moving the drug to a lower schedule under state law.
Legislation clearing the sale of cannabis for adult use Sen. Adam Eben (D) passed the full chamber, which Democrats control by a 24-16 vote. The psilocybin measure, sponsored by Sen. Ghazaleh Hashemi (D), passed 25-15. Both now head to the GOP-run House of Delegates for consideration.
The path to the Senate floor was relatively quick for each proposal, as lawmakers faced a cross-cutting deadline to bring the legislation to the corresponding chamber by the end of the day Tuesday.
Here are the main details of each invoice:
Ebbin’s action will allow the sale of recreational cannabis on January 1, 2024. The legislature has approved a bill to legalize home possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 or older in 2021, and this new measure will create a regulatory framework for the commercial market.
Sales will be made through existing medical cannabis dispensaries as well as at new businesses run by people who live in “historically economically disadvantaged communities.” These operators will receive training and support from existing cannabis companies.
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