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Major Marijuana Progress in Virginia

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly has already seen some significant wins and losses for marijuana-related legislation. Senator Siobhan Dunnavant’s SB726 and Delegate Ben Cline’s HB1251, the Joint Commission on Healthcare bills to expand Virginia’s medical cannabis program, have been well received and are garnering strong bipartisan support. Delegate Cline’s bill has passed the House unanimously, and Senator Dunnavant’s will have its final vote in the Senate next week. If you haven’t already, take action now. Use this link to quickly email your senator and ask them to vote YES!

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Let Doctors Decide Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Virginia House in Historic Vote

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February 2, 2018

“Let Doctors Decide” Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Virginia House in Historic Vote 

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Double down on progress in 2018

2017 is drawing to an end, and with the new year comes a new legislature. We have an exciting session ahead of us, and your support is more important than ever. An anonymous donor is matching up to $10,000, making your year-end gift twice as powerful!

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Virginia NORML August Update

August is here and though summer is winding down, Virginia NORML is swinging into action. This month we’ll focus on letter writing to lawmakers and commissions in support of common sense marijuana policy reform. We’re gearing up for our national conference and lobby day in September, relaunching our Hampton Roads chapter, and celebrating two successful years in Culpeper County. Now with seven events happening around the state every month, there are more opportunities than ever for Virginians to actively support reform in their neighborhoods.

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Two New Virginia Laws Foreshadow Larger Cannabis Policy Changes

A common cliché for overcoming a difficult obstacle asks, “how do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “one bite at a time.” In Virginia politics, the tough question facing cannabis policy reform advocates is, “how do you change the minds of political Elephants?" The answer is, “one law at a time.” Although progress in cannabis reform has been slow in Virginia, two recent bills signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe are significant signs that change is coming, and quicker than ever before.

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Why Virginia's Decriminalization Study Matters

Recently, the Virginia State Crime Commission agreed to undertake a study on decriminalization. From a perspective well-represented in comments on Facebook, decriminalization has been implemented around the country for nearly two decades. And, with the nationwide trend toward regulating both adult and medical use, why does Virginia still need a study? Why won’t Virginia lawmakers just move forward with the seemingly obvious solution of decriminalization? The answer lies in legislative procedure.

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Ralph Northam: Progress for Virginia’s Cannabis Policy

On March 28, 2017, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam was in lively downtown Norfolk for a fundraising event hosted by several local residents at the art gallery and event space Work│Release. With cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, the atmosphere was that of a classy celebration. Despite recent events and elections viewed unfavorably by the gathered democratic supporters, this event focused on hopeful future longed for by most Americans. Ralph Northam made his case for why he was the man to bring Virginia to that future.

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Virginia's Emerging Regulated Cannabis Industry: Next Stop, Norfolk

You can only do something the first time once. For the first time, Virginia is implementing rules and regulations that will allow the creation of a regulated medical marijuana industry in Virginia. The executive director of Virginia NORML traveled to Norfolk for a presentation on the ins and outs of the new law.

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Decriminalize Virginia Beach at City Council

On March 7th, Decriminalize Virginia Beach’s first event was a success. Why? Because it happened. For an issue to be discussed by a city council, it must be brought before the city council. After over 25 years of living in this city, I have finally realized the power of speaking truth to power in a professional presentation. With only three minutes, it also had to be concise.

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Hampton NAACP Forum on Marijuana Decriminalization

Hampton Roads includes nine independent Virginia cities, with the Chesapeake Bay dividing the Southside and the Peninsula. Much like the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel connects these two regions, the rising support for decriminalization is uniting communities across Southeastern Virginia.

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