Virginia becomes first southern US state to legalize pot

Washington (AFP) – Virginia on Wednesday became the first southern US state to approve the use of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The state Senate and House of Delegates voted to allow adults to possess marijuana as of July 1, in a measure approved despite fierce opposition by Republican lawmakers. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam in a statement said his state had “made history as the first state in the South to legalize the simple possession of marijuana.” “Marijuana laws were explicitly designed to target communities of color, and Black Virginians are disproportionately likely …

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