What happens when marijuana possession and home-grow are legalized, but sales have not been regulated?

It could create an ideal environment for the black market to thrive. At least this is what some lawmakers in Virginia believe and claim it's already happening.

In April 2021, Virginia became the first state in the South to legalize adult-use cannabis when lawmakers approved cannabis bills SB 1406 and HB 2312 proposed by Governor Ralph Northam (D).

About a year and a half later, it's become obvious that without regulated sales, illegal sales are booming, reports News Channel 11. What now? There’s no backing down, it seems.

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore (R-Gate City), the majority leader in the Virginia House, told the news channel that they need to work out a resolution.

“We’re going to have to try to work together to try to come up with a solution to try to move forward in a way that would help us make sure that we know where this marijuana is coming from, from seed to sale,” Kilgore said.

Kilgore’s move to address the issue follows the introduction of a proposal by a   GOP regulator, under which a commercial market would kick off in 2024.

Keith Hodges' (R-Gloucester) bill seeks to amend regulatory provisions that were a part of the cannabis legislation signed by Gov. Northam in …

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