Va. Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

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 will be debated in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, said his constituents asked for the law change.

In past years, former Del. Harvey Morgan, a pharmacist from Gloucester, that were quickly killed in the House.

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

 

Krupicka: Reforming Marijuana Laws Must Be Incremental in Virginia

VIRGINIA: Efforts to reform marijuana laws in Virginia need to be incremental, focused on building alliances across political and ideological lines and should put the faces of those whose lives have been adversely affected by the current system out front, state Del. Rob Krupicka said Thursday. [Read more…]