Lawyer Basic Mark Herring says he’ll push Virginia to legalize leisure marijuana use for adults — a primary for a statewide official within the commonwealth, which has historically taken a conservative strategy towards medicine.

Different outstanding Virginia politicians have beforehand known as for decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana, together with the 2 Democrats who have been on the poll with Herring in 2017, Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Herring went a step additional in latest days, in a newspaper op-ed and remarks to reporters, by calling for decriminalization as a primary step towards full legalization.

“Criminalization of marijuana possession just isn’t working for Virginia,” he mentioned at a gathering with reporters Saturday. “We’re needlessly creating criminals and getting quite a lot of convictions. . . . And this complete system — the burden of it — falls disproportionately on African Individuals and folks of colour. There’s a higher, smarter approach to strategy cannabis, and it begins with decriminalizing easy possession of small quantities, addressing previous convictions and shifting thoughtfully towards authorized and controlled grownup use.”

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