The criminal justice reforms and commitment to repairing harms related to past prohibition of cannabis are soon to be a present-day reality. Virginia is the first Southern state to take the path towards legal adult use cannabis. It is unlikely to be the last.
Governor Cuomo signed The Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law, legalizing adult use and possession of cannabis immediately. The bill also establishes the Office of Cannabis Management, which will launch and manage the regulatory system for the commercial cannabis market in New York.