Siobhan Dunnavant

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More than 30 US states, as well as Washington DC, now have laws on the books that permit some sort of medical cannabis treatment.  That includes Virginia, where lawmakers chose to expand the program - before the first product is even developed.

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Jails across Virginia are becoming de facto mental institutions as more and more inmates arrive every day with serious mental illness. And, lawmakers are hoping better treatment in jail might free up psychiatric beds for those not caught up in the criminal justice system.