CHARLESTON – With many states legalizing marijuana for medicinal and even recreational uses, along with an upcoming rally planned for the state’s capital, the plant is a hot topic around the state and right here in Wyoming County.
Opinions vary from those who think marijuana should remain a controlled substance, to those who believe it’s time to remove restrictions and explore the potential economic benefits of legalization.
Those who fall into the latter camp plan to meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10 for the second annual Make It Legal Rally, according to a news release from the organization Marijuana & WV. The rally will be on the State Capitol steps on the Kanawha Boulevard side of the Capitol Complex. There will be several expert speakers and supportive legislators at the rally, including State Sen. and US Congressional candidate Richard Ojeda, Del. Mike Pushkin and hemp cultivator Don Smith, according to the news release.
In 2017, West Virginia became the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana. Gov. Jim Justice signed a comprehensive medical marijuana bill into law in April. Senate