"I will say that opinions are changing,” he said. It’s a cultural shift on whether marijuana is acceptable, he noted, and younger Americans don’t attach such a stigma to marijuana use as older ones. Laughlin’s bill is one of a handful in the General Assembly touching on recreational and medical marijuana use in the Commonwealth.
With the federal government still classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the Commonwealth keeps any marijuana-related revenue in a separate fund from its General Fund in case the money could ever be frozen. Banks, too, are skittish about holding marijuana-related revenue due to possible federal complications.