PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Adam Goers is with the national, medicinally-focused cannabis company, Columbia Care.

“I’ve suffered from chronic pain for 12-plus years,” Goers told News 3. “I, along with tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of Americans, are finding relief through medical cannabis today.”

They recently opened their doors at their Portsmouth medical marijuana dispensary.

“We’ve seen week over week growth as patients are finding this as an available option for them,” he said.

Now, he and others are reacting to the thought of a new opportunity in Virginia: Marijuana for adult use.

“We’re going to be tired. We’re going to be enthused,” Goers said. “It’s exciting for so many reasons.”

Last month, state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill legalizing adult-use cannabis starting in January 2024.

News 3 recently talked with Dr. Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, Director of Old Dominion University’s Social Science Research Center.

In a summer 2019 survey, they found about 65% of people in Hampton Roads felt pot should be legal.

“That ranged from a low of 57% in Suffolk, to a high of almost 81% in Portsmouth,” Vandecar-Burdin told News 3. “Those who rate their health as fair or poor were slightly more likely to favor legalization.”

For Goers, he’s seeing green beyond the

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