Ned Oliver

Marijuana will be legal north of the NC border July 1. Here’s what is and isn’t permitted under the new Virginia law.

By: - April 8, 2021

The Virginia General Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that will make marijuana legal on July 1. The votes make Virginia the 16th state to legalize the drug and the first in the South to take the step, though retail sales won’t begin until Jan. 1, 2024. “The time has come for our state to legalize marijuana,” […]

Medical marijuana

Update from Virginia: Death penalty abolished, marijuana could be legal by summer

By: - March 29, 2021

Editor's note: The chasm between the policies pursued by legislative leaders in North Carolina and Virginia continues to grow. The following stories by reporter Ned Oliver of the Virginia Mercury highlight that divergence on two high-profile issues involving racial inequities in the criminal justice system.

Virginia governor unveils proposal to begin legal marijuana sales in 2023

By: - January 13, 2021

Retail sales of recreational marijuana would begin in Virginia on Jan. 1, 2023, under legislation authored by Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration, which in addition to ending the state’s prohibition on the drug would expunge many past criminal convictions and create a state fund to help people arrested for marijuana crimes start legal businesses. Northam came […]