Glenn Youngkin Vetoes Bills That Would Open Legal Marijuana Market, Raise Minimum Wage

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Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin vetoed two bills on Thursday that were largely backed by Democrats in the state.

Youngkin released a statement explaining his decision to veto a bill that would allow the retail sale of cannabis along with a bill that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, WRIC reported. The Republican governor cited dangers to “Virginians’ health and safety” — especially for children — as the main reason for vetoing the marijuana bill.

“The proposed legalization of retail marijuana in the Commonwealth endangers Virginians’ health and safety. States following this path have seen adverse effects on children’s and adolescent’s health and safety, increased gang activity and violent crime, significant deterioration in mental health, decreased road safety, and significant costs associated with retail marijuana that far exceed tax revenue,” Youngkin wrote in the statement.

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