MJ Biz report that

Virginia took a major step toward becoming the 16th state in the nation to legalize a recreational marijuana market and the first in the South after the House of Delegates and Senate passed different legalization bills on Friday.

The differences in those bills, however, must be ironed out by a legislative committee for Virginia to take the milestone step.

Gov. Ralph Northam supports legalization.

In their votes Friday, House lawmakers passed their bill by 55-42 while the Senate approved its version by 23-15.

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Virginia lawmakers pass landmark recreational marijuana legalization bills