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Senate Committee Votes Legal Use Of Marijuana Derivative To Treat Epileptic Seizures

A proposal to legalize two marijuana derivatives for treating epilepsy has cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly.

The legislation was offered by Senator David Marsden, a Fairfax County Democrat, to allow the legal possession of an oil derivative of marijuana when a doctor determines that a patient has a debilitating epileptic condition, even though a state police spokesman testified it couild put Virginia in conflict with federal law.

Mayor Jones Says Richmond Is Resurgent, Calls For End To Infighting In Annual Address

Mayor Dwight Jones called Richmond a “resurgent city,” in his annual State of the City address last night (1/29). 

The major listed among the city’s biggest wins in 2014, the successful campaign to lure Stone Brewing company to town.

The mayor also talked about a 25 million dollar federal transportation grant for rapid transit bus service from Henrico to downtown.

He did not name a new police chief, saying that announcement would come next week, nor did he say anything about baseball, promising an update on that when “the time is right.”

Dominion Wants End To Biennial Rate Review By SCC Through 2020

Dominion Virginia Power wants fewer state controls over what it charges customers and says it would be better for everybody.

Dominion says the move will actually help protect its customers from possible steep increases in their electric bills, brought on by federal efforts to curb carbon emissions, and that it would help avoid the premature closing of several coal-powered plants.

Critics say it would hurt consumers and amount to a giveaway to Dominion.

Convention of States Resolution Passes House and Senate Committees

A joint resolution that would ask congress to call a convention of the states to propose new amendments to the U.S. Constitution has passed both the House and Senate Rules Committees.

Supporters of the convention held a rally at the Capitol this week.

The proposal has picked up high profile support from conservative lawmakers such as Speaker of the House Bill Howell.

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