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Legal marijuana comes with conditions

Virginia is the first Southern state to legalize marijuana. Lawmakers just voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill to allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts starting in July.

The amendments accelerate the timeline of legalization by about three years. It also lays out a complex process of creating a new state agency to oversee the marijuana marketplace once marijuana retail becomes legal in 2024.

The bill to legalize marijuana in July is by no means a free pass to smoke it, according to lawmakers.

Based on the law you can grow it, gift it in private, or have an ounce or less in your possession if you’re over 21. However, selling, buying, or driving with it will be illegal.