Virginia Election Could Have Big Impact on Marijuana Policy

Nov 06, 2017 , , , , , , , , , ,

Virginia will elect its next governor tomorrow, November 7. Please take a minute to examine each candidate’s position on marijuana policy before you head to the polls. While every candidate favors some form of reduced penalty for simple possession, they have significant differences in opinion regarding marijuana penalties in the commonwealth.

  • Democrat Ralph Northam supports decriminalization of marijuana and legalizing the medical use of marijuana.
  • Republican Ed Gillespie opposes decriminalizing marijuana but favors a three-strikes approach for simple possession. The first two violations would not carry criminal charges, but a third would. He is open to “appropriate, limited, tightly regulated use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.”
  • Libertarian Cliff Hyra supports decriminalization, the establishment of a medical marijuana program, and allowing responsible adults ages 21 and older to consume marijuana.

This election is important, as the governor holds considerable sway over the direction of Virginia’s policies. Please visit your local polling station between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, November 7, if you are a Virginia resident. If you don’t know where your polling station is, click here to find out. Check your voter registration here, and be sure to bring a photo ID with you when you head to the polling station. Make your voice heard tomorrow!

One response to “Virginia Election Could Have Big Impact on Marijuana Policy”

  1. Historically, the State of Virginia has never been known to be a forerunner State for the better of it citizens. Hopefully, for the better of all of its citizens now and in the future, Democrat Ralph Northam, or Libertarian Cliff Hyra, will win the election of the Governorship of Virginia.
    The false information of marijuana, like the hilarious “Reefer Madness” propaganda starting in the 1930’s, and withholding the truth from the American public about the many good advantages of marijuana for past 81 years, is quickly coming to an end in America.
    There is absolutely no valid reason whatsoever to keep marijuana illegal in Virginia.

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