Category: Virginia

Study: Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing

African Americans in Virginia are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at more than three times the rates of whites and this disparity is rising, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service. Researchers reviewed 160,000 state and local arrest records from the years 2010 through 2016. They found that blacks were 2.9 times as likely as whites to be arrested for possessing marijuana in 2010, but 3.2 times as likely to be arrested by 2016.

NORML’s Legislative Round Up March 11th, 2016

Legislative sessions around the country are moving quickly with several already coming to a close. It’s important to stay updated on pending measures in your state because NOW is the time to contact your elected officials using our #TakeAction Center urging their support for marijuana law reform. Click here to get this week’s latest legislative highlights!

NORML’s Legislative Round Up February 5th, 2016

This week we have an array of legislative updates ranging from more bills being introduced, other bills stalling, and everything in between. We have news out of Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Utah and Washington D.C.! Click here to get the latest in marijuana law reform this week.

NORML’s Legislative Round Up January 14th, 2016

The momentum for marijuana law reform continues this week with new legislation introduced in Illinois and Virginia, updates on pending legislation in Alaska, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, and an exciting update from abroad! Click here to find out about the latest legislative developments and what actions YOU can take to move forward in ending prohibition!

POLL: 60% of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization

A poll conducted by the firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed that 60% of Virginia voters would support decriminalizing the adult possession of small amounts of marijuana, indicating strong support for state Senator Adam Ebbin’s marijuana decriminalization measure, Senate Bill 686. Decriminalization had majority support from every age, racial, and gender demographic. The survey also had support for legalization and regulation of marijuana in the Commonwealth at a record high of 49% support to 44% opposed. With the legislative session kicking off in Virginia, expect to hear much more about […]

Cannabis in the Commonwealth: Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates on Marijuana

One of, if not the, highest profile election this year is the Virginia gubernatorial race. Things are beginning to heat up as we enter the final two month stretch before the election on November 5th and NORML thought it was worth looking at how the issue of marijuana law reform has come into play. There are three candidates on the ballot vying for the position: Terry McAuliffe (Democrat), Ken Cuccinelli (Republican), and Robert Sarvis (Libertarian).   Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis is campaigning with marijuana law reform as a central plank […]