An effort to expand the use of medical marijuana in Virginia stalled in the General Assembly, but groups that want to reform the state’s marijuana laws say they have made major progress in 2017. Legislation that would have allowed the use of cannabis oil to treat more than a dozen disorders died in a House of Delegates subcommittee.
State law currently authorizes its use for the treatment of severe epilepsy. But a bill that establishes a permitting process for producers of cannabis oil, did win approval from both the House and Senate. And it’s now waiting for the signature of Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Ralph Northam isn’t the only candidate for governor who supports efforts to ease the penalties for marijuana use. Fellow Democrat Tom Perriello says he supports decriminalization. Republicans Corey Stewart and Denver Riggleman have made similar statements.