Legislation handed this spring decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses and sealing the data of previous convictions from public view takes effect on Wednesday, July 1.
″[National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML] is proud to have labored alongside Senator Ebbin and Delegate Herring, each longtime champions of evidence-based hashish coverage, to result in these wanted modifications to Virginia law,” mentioned NORML improvement director, Jenn Michelle Pedini, who additionally serves as the chief director of the state affiliate, Virginia NORML. “Virginians have long opposed the criminalization of personal marijuana possession, and the enactment of this legislation turns that public opinion into public policy.”
However, Pedini added that extra legislative reforms will proceed to be crucial. “While we applaud Governor Northam, his administration, and the legislature for taking this important first step, it’s critical the legislature work swiftly to legalize and regulate the responsible use of cannabis by adults. For too long, young people, poor people, and people of color have disproportionately been impacted by cannabis criminalization, and lawmakers must take immediate steps to right these past wrongs and to undo the damage that prohibition has waged upon hundreds of thousands of Virginians.” [Read more at Mineral Daily News-Tribune]