Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Marijuana In 2024

Virginia lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But legalization will not occur until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin.

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Va. News: Goals Accomplished

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Lawmakers Pass Bill Giving Home Health Workers Sick Leave

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State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill ending capital punishment in Virginia.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to sign the legislation that lawmakers gave final approval Monday.

It’s day 901 of the Mountain Valley gas pipeline protest. Tree sitters have been perched above its path and authorities are making plans to remove them. There are now just two remaining tree sitters, who say they will continue to refuse to come down from the treetops.

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School districts in southwest Virginia are getting together to plan what they see as the next step for online learning.

And a Northern Virginia high school may soon take on the name of a former staff member who was fired for taking a stand against segregation.

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The President of UVA hosted a virtual town hall Friday, apologizing repeatedly to students for new restrictions on their day-to-day lives.  Jim Ryan said limits were needed as the number of active cases among students, faculty and staff rose to 844. 

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Lawmakers are considering a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence.

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Lawmakers are taking action to remove some divisive symbols from public view.

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A senator’s bill creating a fund to help food banks pay the fixed costs associated with harvesting and processing local food products has yet to pass through the house. If created it could have implications for food aid and food waste.

State health officials have confirmed the first case of the  B.1.351 COVID-19 variant in southwest Virginia.

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The General Assembly passed a bill that would create a fund to hold settlement dollars from lawsuits related to pharmaceutical companies’ role in the opioid epidemic, in a nod to public health experts’ advice that the dedicated fund could avoid the pitfalls of the 1990’s tobacco litigation.

Members of the General Assembly are considering legislation that would prohibit people from evading gun-control laws by constructing a gun at home.

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