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High Angle View Of Marijuana Joint On Table

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Virginia is the first Southern state to legalize marijuana, with the state legislature approving it on Saturday.

Lawmakers including Gov. Ralph Northam have pushed for legalization as a way to promote racial justice, by prioritizing seller licenses for minorities and expunging the records of people with marijuana-related criminal charges.

Virginia becomes the 16th U.S. state to legalize marijuana.  Legal sales are set to begin in 2024.