Virginia moves closer to more relaxed pot laws with Democratic majority
Marijuana Industry News December 11, 2019 MJ Shareholders 0
December 11, 2019 by AggregatedNews Leave a Comment
Herring, a potential Democratic candidate for governor next year, organized the all-day summit inside the state Capitol to build more support for those bills. He also wants to lay a foundation for regulating the drug for legal consumption.
Both moves, he argues, would keep people from being saddled with criminal convictions in Virginia that blockthem from finding good jobs or qualifying for loans. Legalization also would offer pot users a safer choice amid worries over increasingly powerful strains of the drug sold on the streets leading to overdoses, Herring said in an interview Tuesday.
“Criminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana is not working in Virginia,” he said, citing state statistics that show the number of marijuana-related arrests have tripled since 1999 to nearly 30,000 last year, with people of color disproportionately affected. [Read more at The Washington Post]
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