Virginia’s governor used his annual State of the Commonwealth speech on Wednesday night time to name on lawmakers to enact marijuana reform.
“We need to take an honest look at our criminal justice system to make sure we’re treating people fairly and using taxpayer dollars wisely,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) mentioned. “This means decriminalizing marijuana possession—and clearing the records of people who’ve gotten in trouble for it.”
Northam, who ran on assist for eradicating legal penalties for possession throughout his 2017 election marketing campaign, introduced final week in a separate coverage speech that hashish decriminalization is on the high of his legal justice reform agenda for 2020.
“Studies show marijuana arrests have disproportionately impacted people of color—this legislation clears the records of individuals who have been previously convicted of simple possession,” Northam’s administration mentioned in a doc outlining his legislative objectives.
Along with treating hashish possession with $50 wonderful, the agenda additionally requires eradicating driver’s license suspensions as a punishment for drug offenses.