Last year, Virginia became the first state in the South to approve the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana. The move was part of a larger plan by the Democratic governor and Democrat-controlled Legislature to create a regulated cannabis market in the state.

Then, in November, Virginia voters elected a Republican governor, and the GOP took control of the General Assembly. Greg Kaufman, co-leader of Eversheds Sutherland‘s cannabis industry team, talks about what these changes might mean for legalized marijuana in the Old Dominion. Here are portions of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.