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Oversight groups being created ahead of Virginia’s marijuana legalization

By Brent Solomon, NBC-12

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Right now, steps are being taken to make sure the Commonwealth is ready when marijuana becomes legal on July 1. Several oversight groups are being created to ensure safety and enforcement with lawmakers, community organizations and everyday people being tapped to serve.

“We already know the market exists. Why not from a practical standpoint, increase the consumer safety of that product,” said Sen. Jeremy McPike.

On July 1, adults can legally have up to an ounce of marijuana on their person. On that date, people can also grow up to 4 plants in their homes. Safeguards are being put in place to help regulate this brand new industry.

One of them is the Cannabis Control Board. Governor Northam will appoint 5 people to serve. The board will oversee enforcement, which will be especially important when businesses are able to sell marijuana in 2024.

“Those licenses can be pulled {for} selling unpackaged stuff, selling a tainted product, any of those things, those could jeopardize that business’ license,” McPike said.

He’s worked hard on the legislation to get Virginia to this point.

“We want to cultivate literally and figuratively new businesses here in Virginia.”

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