On March 31, Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced proposed changes to legislation passed in that state earlier in the year that would speed up the legalization of marijuana for Virginia residents by three years.
The law that passed through the state legislature in February would have allowed adults in Virginia to legally possess and grow weed at home, but not until 2024. That time span left much to be desired by advocates for legalization, until Northam proposed a change that would accelerate the process and allow the law to take effect as early as July of this year.
With this news, North Carolina’s refusal to even begin to take steps toward legalization became all the more archaic. While state legislators like Rep. Kelly Alexander continue to carry the torch for legalization, there simply isn’t enough support in the North Carolina General Assembly to report on.