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Virginia State Crime Commission Holds Hearing On Decriminalization

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director October 31, 2017

    Cannabis PenaltiesOn Monday, October 30th, I took a short trip down to Richmond, Virginia to testify alongside Virginia NORML regarding proposals to decriminalize the personal possession of marijuana, in order for those who are stopped by law enforcement to no longer face jail time or a criminal charge.

    Among the policy proposals are options that are line with those of numerous other states, including Nebraska and Mississippi. Such a change will save taxpayers money and allow police and the courts to re-prioritize their resources toward addressing more serious crimes.

    Minor marijuana possession offenders, many of them young people, should not be saddled with a criminal record and the lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it.

    Watch the testimony of Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director of Virginia NORML below. You can support their work by clicking here. 

    6 Responses to “Virginia State Crime Commission Holds Hearing On Decriminalization”

    1. TheOracle says:

      Virginia might as well start planning for full legalization. Once a nearby state legalizes, item Rhode Island, Virginia is going to looking at lost revenues because their residents are funding revenues from cannabis out of state. Decriminalization is just basically saying we’re interested in saving money in crimina justice so not prosecute as many marijuana crimes and only go after the so-called big fish. The prohibitionists still get to screw the cannabis community and the cartels & gangs(Mexican cartels & gangs) are still in control of the illegal market, you know, source country for outsourced product to feed U.S. demand.

      Prohibitionists get to have their cake and eat it, too.

      Scaremongering for Halloween abounds. I smell Chris Christie behind the Halloween marijuana scare in the news around south central and eastern Pennsylvania.

      Sacramento newspaper link below makes it clear no real proof.

      http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/police-issue-warnings-of-marijuana-candy-this-halloween/article_062ec08e-bd94-11e7-85ad-7f79604ba155.html

      http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/10/31/new-jersey-authorities-warn-marijuana-laced-halloween-candy.html

      http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/10/27/halloween-candy-marijuana-pot-warning-scare/

    2. TheOracle says:

      Actually, the article is from October 2014 so that candy’d have to be 3 years old. That must be bootlegged candy. If New York legalized, you wouldn’t have this shit. You’d be able to regulate, and people would patronize the places that sold the quality controlled candy, through regulation and standards out of concern for their own well-being and to avoid risks of street products.

    3. Julian says:

      Glad to know youre working at the state level where you can Justin. Lord knows states without voter initiatives need that live testimony.

    4. Kamara says:

      Vote Ralph Northam hell get the job done

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