Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) announced Monday that he supports legalizing marijuana use in the state and is “committed to doing it the right way.”
“We are going to move forward with the legalization of marijuana in Virginia,” he said during a press briefing, the Hill reported.
Northam’s administration is preparing to release a report on the impact of legalizing adult-use marijuana compiled with input from government officials, policy experts, healthcare professionals, and community leaders, according to a news release.
“Our Commonwealth has an opportunity to be the first state in the South to take this step, and we will lead with a focus on equity, public health, and public safety,” the governor said.
Northam added that legislation to legalize marijuana needs to address five principles that include social, racial, and economic equity; public health; protections for young people; upholding the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act; and data collection.
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