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Of all the known contenders, Surterra has pushed for medical marijuana in Richmond since 2014. The company donated a total of $50,000 to canada goose outlet miami Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his predecessor, Terry McAuliffe (D), and is represented by Richmond lobbying powerhouse McGuireWoods. Andrew Smith, canada goose outlet woodbury who was McAuliffe’s campaign finance director and later a McGuireWoods vice president, is now a Surterra senior vice president.

buy canada goose jacket Surterra founder Jake Bergmann said that if it is selected, the company would invest $10million to $20million in Virginia in the first year and hire «a couple hundred» employees. buy canada goose jacket

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Virginia’s law, meant to make marijuana available to patients with glaucoma and cancer, seemed far more sweeping.

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The medical marijuana measure, part of a broader package of legislation that eased first offense penalties for possessing or growing small amounts of marijuana, drew little attention or controversy at the time. And it was soon forgotten, because it proved to be useless: It canada goose outlet in new york required patients to have a doctor’s prescription for marijuana, something doctors could not prescribe since it was illegal under federal law.

canada goose clearance sale The law drew attention nearly 20 years canada goose parka uk later, when Del. Robert G. Marshall (R Prince William) led a repeal effort, but a Senate committee was persuaded to keep it on the books. canada goose clearance sale

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