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First, This Is One Of The Very Few Marijuana-related Criminal Justice Reforms That advocates Have Successfully Pushed Through The Difficult, Republican-controlled House Subcommittees.

Terry McAuliffe (VA-D) and Ryan Johnson Ryan Johnson medical marijuana with Delegate Les Adams (R-16) “With Virginia NORML’s guidance, I was able to craft impactful testimony, helping pass meaningful legislation that will make a difference for thousands of Virginians,” said Ryan Johnson at Gov. McAuliffe’s ceremony. “I was humbled by how many legislators thanked me for stepping outside of my comfort zone and sharing my story in the 2017 General Assembly.”  Del. Paul Krizek (D-44), Del. Les Adams (R-16) ,Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49), Ryan Johnson, Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) The new law is a significant step for cannabis policy reform in Virginia for two reasons. First, this is one of the very few marijuana-related criminal justice reforms that advocates have successfully pushed through the difficult, Republican-controlled House subcommittees. Those subcommittees are the sticking point for most criminal justice reform legislation, the bottle neck that prevents bills from proceeding to a full House vote. Second, this is important because it allows judges discretion to apply the standard first-offender’s program and community service to an adult discovered possessing cannabis somewhere completely removed from any vehicles.

To read more visit http://blog.norml.org/2017/07/06/two-new-virginia-laws-foreshadow-larger-cannabis-policy-changes/

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