A Delegate from Mon County Offers Legislation to Legalize Marijuana in West Virginia.

W.Va. lawmakers are considering a new plan that would make recreational Marijuana use legal throughout the state.

House Bill 2091 was submitted by Danielle Walker (D-Monongalia) on the opening day of the legislative session on Wednesday, and it seeks to change the Code of West Virginia, which was drafted in 1931.

The bill suggests that “…Cannabis should be regulated in a way similar to alcohol…” and that it “…be lawful for those 21 years of age or older.”

Private use and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana were proposed to be legalized in the same measure. Use would still be illegal on any federal property, and DUI laws would not be relaxed.

A Delegate from Mon County Offers Legislation to Legalize Marijuana in West Virginia.

 

Additionally, the law suggested a 15% tax on cannabis sellers when they buy from a cannabis-producing facility. West Virginia would institute licensing for retailers, with proceeds going into a new Cannabis Transfer Tax Fund in the State Treasury.

To begin with, half of the revenue collected from the Cannabis Transfer Tax would go to the Stability Fund of the Public Employees Insurance Agency. The other half would be allocated to a variety of initiatives, such as the West Virginia Division of Highways’ efforts to aid orphan roads and the state’s infrastructure.

A vote on the bill in the House Health & Human Resources Committee is pending.

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