Lunenburg could vote to restrict pot sales – Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch
Next week, due to changes in Virginia state law, it will become legal on July 1 for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in non-public places and make grow up to four marijuana plants in their home.
But if you’re looking to buy marijuana from a retail store, these products won’t start until 2024, giving places like Lunenburg time to put the question on the ballot.
At its June meeting, the Lunenburg County Supervisory Board (BOS) agreed to start the process of setting up a referendum on the November 2022 ballot.
The discussion took place after a presentation by County Attorney Frank Rennie.
“Under current legislation, retail marijuana outlets can be opened and operated in the county after January 1, 2024,” Rennie said. “Under the new legislation, the General Assembly allows the local governing body to present a referendum to county voters on whether to ban retail establishments in Lunenburg County. “
According to Rennie, the section of the code that governs a referendum on this issue does not come into effect until July 1, 2022.
At that point, the BOS can, by resolution, request a referendum from the circuit court.
“It is important to note that the referendum must be completed by January 1, 2023,” said Rennie, “This means that a referendum petition will have to be presented to Lunenburg Circuit Court after July 1, 2022, but before September On January 1, 2022, the effective referendum appearing on the ballot paper for the general elections of November 2022. ”
If voters vote no, retail marijuana stores will be allowed to open 60 days after the referendum results are certified or January 1, 2024, whichever is later.
If voters vote yes, retail marijuana stores will be banned in Lunenburg effective January 1 of the year immediately following the referendum.
In 2020, Virginia decriminalized simple possession of marijuana, meaning those who possess it for personal use now face only a civil fine of $ 25 rather than criminal charges and the possibility incarceration.
Virginia is the first southern state to legalize the possession of non-medical marijuana.