The Virginia legislature has voted to advance the effective date for legal cannabis possession and residential cultivation by almost two-and-a-half years. The original state launch for the legal recreational cannabis market was set for January 1, 2024; parts of the law will become available later this year.

On July 1, residents over age 21 will be allowed to possess up to at least one ounce of cannabis flower and grow up to four plants for personal use. Governor Ralph Northam formally submitted substitutes to the legislature that advances possession and homegrown dates. Northam also urged the legislature to extend the timeline for expunging some marijuana convictions. Both houses of the legislature passed amended versions of their bills today; the House then passed the Senate version of the bill, which immediately enacted the law.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a recreational legalization bill on March 31. The New Mexico legislature also approved an identical bill the same day.

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