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Legalized marijuana in Virginia is drawing near, people have questions

Advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what becomes legal in July.

RICHMOND, Va. — The date for legalizing marijuana possession is drawing near in Virginia, and people have questions. Advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what becomes legal in July.

State lawmakers voted in February to allow up to an ounce of marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales would begin. 

Then in April, lawmakers moved up the legalization date to this July 1. So adults will be allowed to possess the drug, but they still can't buy or sell it, or transport it across state lines.

The contradictions may continue until Virginia establishes a legal marketplace.