General Assembly 2021

Livestream of the event on the Governor's Facebook Page

It’s official: Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation Wednesday that makes marijuana legal in Virginia.

Two of the largest tax incentives in Virginia are about to end, although members of the General Assembly and the governor are divided about what to do with the money.

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The Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to accept Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill that will allow limited possession and cultivation of the drug beginning in July.

The General Assembly is full of part-time lawmakers, people who bring their professional experience to the legislature. And that includes former journalists.

This week, lawmakers will be considering an amendment to a bill they sent to Governor Ralph Northam earlier this year that bans guns at state buildings. The governor's amendment creates an exemption for magistrates.