On Tuesday, Governor Jim Justice said that if West Virginia Legislators send a reform to authorize cannabis to his office, he will ascend it.
Although he may not entirely support recreational legalization, he said during a town hall occasion that he’s heard from medical community members. These Members think that controlling marijuana sales could minimize drug-type issues, such as opioid overdose problems, that have adversely hit the state.
Jim’s point on the wide public legalization effects is sustained in a budding scientific literature body since it results in fewer opioid overdose fatalities and prescriptions.
The town hall occasion wasn’t entirely about cannabis; it also entailed the state’s efforts to eradicate income taxes. This comes after Paul Espinosa, House Majority Whip, recently disseminated a poll between Republican legislators about what type of policies (such as cannabis legalization) they would support to create revenue for West Virginia to replace income tax.
When questioned about authorization as a way of raising tax revenue that would eliminate the income tax, the governor said that he’s principally against the extensive reform, however, he’s beginning to change his mind since the medical community has changed his view.
He said that experts advised that authorizing cannabis in certain ways or specific states can reduce their drug-related issues.
He further said that if the state could reap proceeds from marijuana tax revenue and use them in certain ways, such as minimizing income tax that would benefit the state’s residents.
In 2017, West Virginia ascended medical marijuana which the governor passed into law. Patients were recently allowed to begin signing up for the program. However, West Virginia has to liaise with a testing lab before cannabis commodities are allowed in the market.
Two Candidates eyeing Democratic seats (who didn’t manage to secure seats in West Virginia House last year) had promised to introduce cannabis legalization proposals if elected.