House Democrats say they will now support legalizing marijuana by July 1 and join the Senate in supporting a bill passed by lawmakers last month. They also went a step further by advocating the legalization of personal cultivation.
Now is the time for action, "spokeswoman Eileen Filler-Corn wrote in a statement. Campaigners argue that a three-year wait would needlessly prolong the racial divide in the police force, which lawmakers say they want to combat. The General Assembly voted to legalize marijuana, but legalization has yet to be coupled with the commercial sale.
The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam, who last week called for the deadline to be brought forward. On Wednesday, he was forced to propose a legislative amendment similar to what the General Assembly approved on April 7.