Virginia Abolishes 'Fundamentally Flawed' Death Penalty – Kaiser Health News

Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam signed the law Wednesday, making it the first Southern state to ban capital punishment. Elsewhere, New York and Delaware near deals to allow legalized marijuana sales.

NBC News: Virginia Becomes 1st Southern State To Abolish Death Penalty As Governor Signs Law
Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed legislation to officially abolish the death penalty in Virginia, making it the first Southern state to ban capital punishment. “Justice and punishment are not always the same thing, that is too clearly evident in 400 years of the death penalty in Virginia,” Northam, a Democrat, said during remarks ahead of signing the legislation, saying that it is both the right and the moral thing to do. (Golden and Bennett, 3/24)

In news about marijuana legalization —

The Wall Street Journal: New York Lawmakers Reach Deal To Legalize Marijuana
After years of false starts, New York state lawmakers said Wednesday that they had reached an agreement to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use by adults starting next year. State Sen. Liz Krueger said lawmakers were finalizing a bill that would create a new state regulator for cannabis products and decriminalize the possession of up to three ounces of marijuana. New Yorkers will be allowed to cultivate marijuana for personal use and the state will study a new system for determining whether drivers are inebriated because of marijuana use, she said. (Vielkind, 3/24)

AP: Delaware Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears House Committee
A bill legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults in Delaware cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as a Democratic-led committee voted along party lines, with one lone GOP vote, to send the measure to the House floor.

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