Major Virginia City Calls for the State to Decriminalize Marijuana

While some states are making the ambitious leap towards legalizing recreational marijuana, others are taking smaller steps that will help lead them down that path. And it looks like Virginia may be the next to make a small leap.

The city of Norfolk, Virginia passed a resolution that calls on the state government to decriminalize marijuana. Norfolk is the second largest city in the state, behind only Virginia Beach. The city also called on the state to expand their current medical marijuana program. 

And luckily for those folks in Norfolk, there's a pretty good chance they're going to get what they want. Incoming Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supported marijuana decriminalization during his campaign in 2017. And there are two legislators prepared to introduce cannabis decriminalization bills when the state government reconvenes later this month. One of those proposals was created by Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, one of the most powerful men in the state legislature. 

So with the governor and one of the highest ranking legislators supporting the cause, it seems likely that at some point in 2018, Virginia will have marijuana decriminalization. Does that mean they're only a few short years away from recreational cannabis? Only time will tell.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)


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