A bold bill by Virginia Delegate David Englin to study selling marijuana in state-owned ABC liquor stores has died in legislative committee.
Englin’s proposal, to simply study the idea, was killed by the House rules committee, which refused to take up the issue.
Englin’s bill would have authorized a feasibility study only to determine if marijuana could be sold through a state monopoly, just like booze. Opponents feared that study results would show legal marijuana sales could bring in 4 times the $248 million dollars Virginia now earns at ABC stores selling liquor. Could marijuana sales solve Virginia’s budget woes? We’ll never find out now that Englin’s bill has died.