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.

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Now that lawmakers have taken action to legalize marijuana, they still need to make decisions about how the new industry will be regulated.

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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.

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Lawmakers in Virginia may be on the verge of legalizing marijuana. But, nobody is taking that news to the bank just yet.

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Virginia may be poised to become the first state in the south to legalize recreational use of marijuana. On a phone call with reporters Monday, Governor Ralph Northam expressed full support. “Legalization will happen in Virginia,” Northam said.