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Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization

Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn announced on Twitter that she will back an amendment to the bill with a July 1 legalization date.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s House speaker says she supports moving up the date for legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana to this summer. 

That is a key change pushed by advocates who have sharply criticized legislation recently approved by lawmakers that would delay legalization until 2024. 

Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn announced on Twitter that she will back an amendment to the bill with a July 1 legalization date. 

Filler-Corn says she will also push for other amendments to the legislation, including a provision that calls for people who are currently incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana-related offenses to have an opportunity for resentencing. 

Gov. Ralph Northam has until Wednesday to send amendments to the House and Senate for their consideration.