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Marijuana now decriminalized in Virginia

The Virginia Mercury has the info:

“Possessing small amounts of marijuana is still illegal in Virginia, but as of Wednesday the maximum penalty for people caught with an ounce or less the drug has been reduced to a $25 civil fine.

It’s a significant shift in a state where police reported a record 29,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2018 and a study the prior year found 127 people were being held in jail solely on a marijuana charge — enforcement that disproportionately targeted Black Virginians.”

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palmetto rehab
20 days ago

For Virginia, this is a big step. So many people are arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana when it is already legalized in neighboring states. I can’t imagine the anger of those people who were sentenced for possession of marijuana, and when they got out of prison, it was already normal and legal. Marijuana and CBD products help people cope with illnesses and feel free from pain. Good luck

Joshua
Joshua
9 days ago

I know I am an old white guy; based on the news of today, my thoughts and comments are dismissed as irrelevant. I must say that being excited about the legalization of another vice when the Church Hill community has so many drug, alcohol, and poverty challenges seems misguided. It concerns me that Richmond will be in a very bad place once we add in Gambling to the South Side. Promotion of vice is not going to make Richmond a tier one city.

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