Marijuana Arrests On Rise In Va., Blacks Arrested Three Times More Than Whites

Though marijuana arrests dropped 6.5 percent nationwide between 2003 and 2014, possession arrests in Virginia increased by 76 percent in the same period

VIRGINIA: While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: sharply rising arrest totals for possession of pot, and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI. Though Read the full article…

Va. Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

"This has never been discussed in the Virginia Senate in a decriminalization way, and it needs to be," Ebbin said.

VIRGINIA: A Northern Virginia lawmaker is bringing the debate over marijuana laws to the Virginia Senate. “We cannot continue to hide behind the fear of a plant in our criminal code,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who has proposed legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. Ebbin, who expects that the measure Read the full article…

Virginia Senate Approves Bill To Allow Marijuana Oils For Treating Epilepsy

The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would allow the use of two oils extracted from marijuana that help alleviate epileptic seizures.

VIRGINIA:  The Virginia Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with severe epilepsy to possess a form of medical marijuana without fear of criminal prosecution. The measure would allow the use of two oils extracted from marijuana that lack the plant’s intoxicating properties but help alleviate debilitating seizures. The bill provides a way for epileptics Read the full article…

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: House Votes To Allow Growing Of Industrial Hemp

Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature

VIRGINIA:  The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow industrial hemp to be grown in Virginia. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where a similar proposal is pending. Delegate Joseph R. Yost, R-Giles, the measure’s sponsor, on Monday had touted the economic advantages that industrial hemp would provide for the Read the full article…

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Shot Down By Panel

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

VIRGINIA:  The Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The committee voted 9-5 to “pass by indefinitely,” meaning Senate Bill 686, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, is dead for this legislative session. All of the Republicans on the panel voted in favor of that Read the full article…

Virginia Marijuana Bill Dies In Senate Committee

VIRGINIA:  Each side got a mere five minutes to make its case, but a Northern Virginia lawmaker got what he wanted Wednesday – a discussion about marijuana in the General Assembly. Afterward, as was expected, a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults died in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Five Democrats Read the full article…

Virginia Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

“This has never been discussed in the Virginia Senate in a decriminalization way, and it needs to be,” Ebbin said.

VIRGINIA: A Northern Virginia lawmaker is bringing the debate over marijuana to the Virginia Senate. A bill sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for adults. Ebbin and supporters held a news conference in the Capitol on Thursday to highlight the issue, which he said is headed for a debate in Read the full article…

Husband And Wife Each Running For Congress In Virginia

Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt are the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress and the main plank in their platform is industrial hemp.

VIRGINIA:  Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt made Virginia history this year as the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress. Ken is running in the 5th district, as he did in 2012, and Elaine is running in the 6th. As Chris Hurst, news anchor at WDBJ7 recently reported, “The main plank in their platform, industrial hemp.” The Read the full article…

The Medical Marijuana Fight Hits Virginia

Two families, both with roots in Virginia, find themselves at the center of the debate. Fighting against lawmakers and government agencies to change the medicine their children receive in order to save their lives, each using a form of medical marijuana.

VIRGINIA: The debate continues about whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Not just across the country, but in Virginia as well. It’s an issue impacting many families, including one here in the Valley. Two families, both with roots in Virginia, find themselves at the center of the debate. Fighting against lawmakers and government agencies Read the full article…