Poll finds McAuliffe holds lead in governor’s race, some advocates skip signing for new marijuana bill, law enforcement tips for legalization, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• A new CNU poll in the Democratic primaries finds former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring holding big leads in their respective contests, with Del. Sam Rasoul the leader in the race for lieutenant governor.—Wason Center

• Some advocacy groups skipped the ceremonial signing of Virginia’s marijuana legalization bill to protest the exclusion of an activist who worked on the issue but has been critical of Democratic leaders on Twitter.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Democrat running for a Virginia Beach-area House of Delegates seat says the leader of a teachers union offered her a seat on a union board while pressuring her to drop out.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Three Republican candidates for governor are raising concerns about the integrity of the software system the GOP is planning to use to tabulate votes at its upcoming nominating convention.—Washington Post

• Sen. Amanda Chase said the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial “makes me sick.”—VPM

• The town of Windsor’s police chief laid out his ideas for how his department can rebuild trust after the controversial traffic stop of Army Lt. Caron Nazario.—Virginian-Pilot

• Amazon announced plans to build a massive “robotics fulfillment center” outside Richmond.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “People can sit at bars in Virginia for the first time in over a year under a new order signed Wednesday by Gov. Ralph Northam.”—Virginian-Pilot

• The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office isn’t encouraging people to smoke marijuana once it’s legalized, but in a viral Facebook post the agency offers tips on the new law for those who want to “fire up a big ol’ fattie once the magical date gets here.”—Pulaski County Sheriff