Virginia Officials Explore Legalizing Marijuana At ‘Cannabis Summit’

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“I don’t believe our current system of criminalizing possession of marijuana is working at all,” Herring said in opening remarks. “It is needlessly burdening Virginians with convictions and criminalizing them. The human and social costs of this are enormous, in addition to the millions of dollars it is costing Virginia taxpayers. And the burden of this system is falling disproportionately on African Americans and people of color.”

State officials, lawmakers, academics and policy experts holed up in a room in Richmond on Wednesday for a day-long “cannabis summit” convened by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. The topic of discussion: how and when the Commonwealth could start loosening its strict marijuana laws — including moving to a system of legal and regulated sales for recreational use. (WAMU)

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