There is a day dawning here in the United States, as American lawmakers begin to see the economic writing on the wall.
We are about to burst forth from a pandemic the like of which none of us have seen in our lifetimes. If history holds true, this is a moment in which we can supercharge our economic growth much like the “roaring twenties” that emerged from the 1918 Spanish Fly pandemic.
Several US states are now looking to supercharge this recovery via a number of different avenues, including the nationally popular idea of legalizing cannabis.
In Virginia, plans to make the plant legal for recreational use have been moved up this week…and drastically.
Virginia’s Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana on Wednesday, making it the 16th state to take the step.
Under Virginia’s new law, adults ages 21 and over can possess an ounce or less of marijuana beginning on July 1, rather than Jan. 1, 2024. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, proposed moving up the date, arguing it would be a mistake to continue to penalize people for possessing a drug that would soon be legal.
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, also a Democrat, broke a 20-20 vote tie in Virginia’s Senate to pass the bill. No Republicans supported the measure.
Democratic House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn hailed the plan.
“Today, with the Governor’s amendments, we will have made tremendous progress in ending the targeting of Black and brown Virginians through selective enforcement of marijuana prohibition by this summer,” she said in a statement.
Marijuana legalization is an extremely popular concept in the United States, on both sides of the aisle, not only for the medicinal effects that the plant has been shown to have but also as a financial boon to our nation.
Canada and Mexico have both federally legalized the use of the plant, leaving America in the dust when it comes to harnessing this emerging and powerful economy.
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