On July 1, a legislation decriminalizing the possession of a small quantity of marijuana took impact in Virginia. Now, a state lawmaker stated she plans to introduce a invoice, which, if handed, would go a step additional.
“If we can decriminalize, we can legalize,” stated Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, a Democrat representing elements of Prince William and Stafford counties.
Carroll Foy, who has launched related payments in the previous, plans to carry the invoice in the special session if authorised by the Speaker of the House.
The American Civil Liberties Union in a 2020 report found that whereas Black and white Americans use marijuana at related charges, African Americans are 3.65 instances extra doubtless to be arrested for possessing the drug.
The racial disparities that exist when it comes to enforcement of possession legal guidelines, in accordance to Carroll Foy, is why she is championing the push to make easy possession authorized.
“This is what we need, and this is what we want, and I want to take another step forward and start making reinvestments in communities that have been most harmed by the failed war on drugs,” Carroll Foy stated. [Read more at WTOP]