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The Tide Turns on Legalizing Pot in Virginia: New at Reason

Monday, November 14, 2016 10:25
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Voters in seven states approved measures to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use last Tuesday. Virginia could legalize marijuana soon too.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

Several days ago State Sen. Tommy Norment, told the Norfolk City Council it is “absolutely crazy that we continue to lock people up for possession of a modest amount of marijuana. We are tough on crime. It’s a question of what crimes we want to be tough on.” That’s a big change for the conservative Republican, who voted against a measure to relax marijuana law last year, and another measure of how much the needle on the issue has moved lately.

But don’t blaze up a spliff just yet. Norment indicated that he would like the State Crime Commission to study possible decriminalization. In Virginia, a study commission is often the place where issues go to die.

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