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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors received from county staff an outline for a yet-to-be-compiled report meant to identify the impact legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for most adults has had in the county after lawmakers earlier this year loosened restrictions on the drug. The report is due to the board next year.

In April, the Virginia General Assembly voted to legalize possession of up to an ounce (28.3 grams) of marijuana by adults 21 and over, as long as there is no intent to distribute. Smoking marijuana in public remains illegal.

Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), who brought the item forward in February, received unanimous support from the board directing the Community Services Board (CSB), Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB) in coordination with county staff and the sheriff’s office to conduct a study to identify the impacts of the legalization of marijuana would have in Loudoun.

The report is expected to include a literature review and data collection on the impacts to public safety and law enforcement, youth, adult and mental health and community services, and future retail establishments.

County staff said many other sections of the legislation, such as the license structure for manufacturing, wholesale, and retail sales of marijuana will not become effective until reenacted by the General Assembly in 2022. Further, lawmakers could enact additional changes to Virginia Code.

Randall said the report is scheduled to be completed and submitted to the board no later than June 2022.

County staff said there is no fiscal impact for performing the literature review, data collection and review efforts.

(2) comments

jke

I know let us make pot available it worked in California says Randall. I would venture that 30% of the democrat base approves of her work the rest of the public feel she has broken the glass ceiling that is public trust. 2023 election for new a Chair who does not normalize criminals is the best gift.

jke

This is how they lift up everyday people and pad their tax base portfolio.

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