The General Assembly convened its 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, January 13. The legislature could seriously consider legalization this year.

A comprehensive legalization bill, HB 32 — The Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Inclusion, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Act of 2021, was pre-filed by Delegate Jazz Lewis. This legislation would legalize personal possession and home cultivation of cannabis for adults, automatically expunge past cannabis offenses, establish a social equity program to ensure inclusion in the industry from disproportionately impacted communities, and reinvest a portion of tax revenue to communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.