Economic study impact for marijuana tabled

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Should Virginia start selling marijuana at ABC stores to bring in revenue for the commonwealth? One state lawmaker is seriously pushing for a study to see if it would be worth it.

Supporters lined up to persuade lawmakers an economic impact study on selling it would be a good idea.

"You should be looking at any possible way to raise revenue right now," said Sabrina Fendrick.

"We're going to create overnight, almost tens of thousands of retail jobs, agricultural, and transportation. These jobs exits today. They are here, untaxed and uncontrolled," said Ed McCann.

Supporters say selling marijuana at ABC stores will not only boost revenue for the state, it will also help regulate the distribution of marijuana.

"It would protect children by moving the risky substance from the street corner to the sales counter," said McCann.

The idea was introduced by Delegate David Englin of Alexandria. He wants the state's full support so he can get stakeholders to help with the study.

"The purpose is to find out economic impact in revenue, the purpose is not to begin legalization," said Englin.

But that was the exact sticking point for this subcommittee. In the end, the idea went up in smoke and was tabled.

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