Make way for a compromise with marijuana

Conversations are needed about the degree to which Virginia approaches marijuana possession

In colonial Virginia, cannabis had so many useful purposes it was deemed a crop of necessity, long before its marijuana flower became an intoxicant of choice for many Americans.

The eventual criminalization of marijuana all but outlawed the nationwide growth of cannabis, although views are changing about the drug and the plant from which it derives.

The 2018 federal farm bill lifted restrictions on the hemp fibers that come from cannabis, meaning it would no longer be regulated as a controlled substance.

And now elected leaders in Virginia have come out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.

Mark Herring believes decriminalization should be a first step to eventually legalizing adult marijuana use. That means setting rules for how marijuana is sold and taxed as well as its regulation toward intoxication.

Mr. Herring’s call

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