Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill legalizing marijuana in Virginia at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
He was joined at a joint press conference by advocates and policymakers.
This comes after Northam submitted an amendment to General Assembly last month that passed a marijuana bill that would speed up the timetable from July 1, 2024, to this July.
Now that Northam has signed the bill, the change will go into effect in less than three months.
The governor’s amendments would allow adults 21 and up to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis without the intent to distribute beginning July 1.