Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) Wednesday ceremonially signed a bill to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth. While the legislation was technically already enacted earlier this month when lawmakers approved a series of amendments the governor recommended after they first sent the bill to his desk, the cannabis policy change marks a significant achievement for Northam in the final year of his administration—and so he arranged a ceremony to put pen to paper on the reform. The event, which the governor deemed a “joint press conference” in a tweet at 4:20 PM on Tuesday’s 4/20 cannabis holiday, also featured lawmakers and advocates, including NORML Virginia Executive Director Jenn Michelle Pedini.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 04/21/2021 14:35:00