It took me just 16 minutes to leave a voicemail message with every member of the Virginia State Crime Commission (contact information listed below) urging their support to proceed with the decriminalization of marijuana study requested by Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment.
Senator Norment first commented on the need to study decriminalization at a legislative dinner in November with Norfolk City Council members present.
As citizens we need to actively voice our opinions; our responsibility does not end at the polls.
Don’t Delay. Members of the General Assembly convene Wednesday, January 11th.
The 13 member Virginia Crime Committee members considering the Decriminalization Study:
The Honorable Robert B Bell, Chair
The Honorable G. M. (Manoli) Loupassi
The Honorable C. Todd Gilbert
The Honorable Richard L. Anderson
The Honorable Charniele L. Herring
The Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan
The Honorable Thomas K Norment, Jr
The Honorable Janet D Howell
The Honorable Mark D. Obenshain, Vice-Chair
Sheriff Arthur Townsend, Jr
Lunnenburg County Designee for Attorney General
Sheriff John Venuti
Associate VP of Campus Safety/Chief of Police VCU Police Dept
Kristine R Hall
Policy Director, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Cynthia E Hudson
Chief Deputy, Attorney General’s Office
804 786 2435
Study topics suggested by Senator Norment are:
- The consequences experienced by states who have decriminalized
- Studies examining the theory of cannabis as a “gateway drug”
- Virginia DUI laws regarding cannabis
- Any potential problems with the federal government if cannabis were decriminalized
- Any stricter penalties put into place for the states that have already decriminalized
In addition to the Virginia Crime Committee study, so far there are 3 Senate Bills for consideration:
SB 784 Marijuana offenses; driver’s license forfeiture, etc.
SB 831 Marijuana; manufacture or possession, accommodation to another individual, penalty.
Introduced by: Bill R. DeSteph,
SB 841 Marijuana; possession or distribution for medical purposes, affirmative defense for treatment.
Introduced by: Barbara A. Favola
Ready to do more? Please join me and dozens of supporters from across the Commonwealth. Register today for the Virginia 2017 Cannabis Conference at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Richmond Sunday, January 29th and/or Lobby Day, Monday, January 30th at the General Assembly. For details visit here.
Decriminalize Norfolk plans to organize a van for a day trip to lobby Monday, Jan 30th. For updates check here.