CULTIVATING CANNABIS — Morris Denton looks over marijuana plants in a flowering room at Compassionate Cultivation, a licensed medical cannabis cultivator and dispensar in Manchaca, Texas. West Virginia legislators say recreational marijuana is unlikely to be on the agenda when lawmakers go into session in Charleston for 2018. — Associated Press
WHEELING — Local lawmakers say it’s unlikely the West Virginia Legislature will consider legalizing recreational marijuana in 2018, as the state has more pressing issues.
Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, said a move to make the use of cannabis lawful might not even prove financially beneficial to the state. He has been advised by lawmakers in Colorado — a state known for its legalization of marijuana — that revenue from marijuana is not an answer to a state’s financial woes.
West Virginia’s projected budget deficit for the current fiscal year was projected to be as high as $500 million — but now that figure is believed to be considerably lower. Colorado, meanwhile, has reported an expected deficit of $700 million for fiscal year 2017-18, despite levying five different taxes