The times, they are a’changing, and you no longer have to be a fan of partaking in the use of marijuana to exalt the benefits of its legalization. That’s because, very literally, this is a plant that’s about as close as we’ll ever get to growing money on trees.
Americans are lagging behind when it comes to harnessing the power of this budding economy, with our neighbors Canada and Mexico both having nationally legalized the use of the plant. America, with her far more cultivation-friendly climate, could be the number one cannabis producer in the world if the government would just get out of the way.
Virginia has heard the call loud and clear, and sees no reason to wait any longer.
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.
The move comes as the nation looks to lift itself out of a pandemic-produced economic slump, with many fiscal experts believing that the legalization of marijuana could bring about a major economic boon during this crucial recovery period.