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Star Exponent: Culpeper 10th graders debate marijuana legalization

Alison Brophy Champion of the The Culpeper Star Exponent reports on Eastern View High School's tenth grade English assignment: Should marijuana be legalized in Virginia for recreational use?

Culpeper County resident Pam Novy, executive director of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, felt the discussion at Eastern View High School was appropriate, noting that people of all ages are talking about it.

“This is a topic young people discuss regularly when the adults are not around, so I think this particular teacher is very astute to tap into that,” Novy said Tuesday. “This is a current event that will influence the upcoming elections, and high school sophomores are on the precipice of becoming voters, so this is an excellent time to teach them the value of dissecting issues relevant to our country and community.”

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WVTF: State Lawmakers Debate Medical Marijuana

WVTF's Sandy Hausman reports on the Virginia Senate's recent passage of a bill to allow cancer patients to use cannabidiol, an oil derived from the marijuana plant.

"The director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Virginia chapter cheered, but Pam Novy thinks the state would do well to pass a more comprehensive medical marijuana bill that includes people with chronic pain, PTSD and other conditions that have been successfully treated with pot."

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Star Exponent: House GOP favors criminal penalties for marijuana possession

Alison Brophy Champion of the The Culpeper Star Exponent reports on the House GOP's recent refusal to advance marijuana reform.

"The Republican-led House Courts of Justice this week tabled various marijuana-related proposals, including one to decriminalize it. But Virginia NORML Director Pam Novy, of Culpeper, said that would not set back the state’s marijuana reform movement."

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WVTF Public Radio: Republicans Block Marijuana Reform in State House

WVTF's Sandy Hausman reports on the recent tabling of nine marijuana bills in the House Courts of Justice subcommittee.

Committee chairman David Albo of Northern Virginia was quoted: “We, being the majority of Republicans, have no interest in making marijuana legal.”

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The Roanoke Times: Virginia NORML’s Dr. Crovo, Letter to the Editor

Dr. Melanie Crovo of Virginia NORML's Roanoke Valley chapter has written an excellent Letter to the Editor of The Roanoke Times.

When our members' letters are published, our message reaches many people who otherwise might know little about the critical need for marijuana policy reform in Virginia. Virginia NORML encourages you to write a similar letter to YOUR local newspaper, and help advance reform in Virginia.

Read the letter here.

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NBC29: Executive Director Pam Novy and Grassroots Advocates Lobby the General Assembly

NBC29’s Alana Austin reports on Virginia NORML’s successful Lobby Day at the General Assembly in Richmond. 

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WDBJ7: Group plans to lobby for decriminalization of marijuana

WDBJ7’s Khiree Stewart interviewed Dr. Melanie Crovo about Virginia NORML’s successful Lobby Day in Richmond. Melanie recently joined Virginia NORML and attended our state conference in October. She raises many of the common sense points supporting Virginia’s critical need for cannabis policy reforms.

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NBC29: Central Virginia Organization Advocates for Marijuana Decriminalization

NBC29’s Cat Boardman reports on Jefferson Area NORML planning for Virginia NORML Lobby Day in Richmond. Executive Director Dr. Pam Novy shares a personal story about why she is a strong advocate for marijuana law reform.

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Star-Exponent: Advocates to lobby state lawmakers for marijuana decriminalization — again

The Culpeper Star-Exponent consistently provides excellent coverage of Virginia NORML events and issues. Their latest piece features our executive director, Dr. Pam Novy, and the executive director of Virginia RAMP, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, Vivienne Smith, and their bipartisan effort to advance cannabis reform in the 2016 legislative session.

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Richmond ABC 8News: Senator again pushes for decriminalization of marijuana

Virginia NORML Executive Director Pamela Novy spoke with ABC 8News reporter Mark Tenia about Senator Adam Ebbin’s marijuana decriminalization bill, SB104. See her interview here.

Be sure to take the 8News Daily Poll: Should marijuana be decriminalized in Va.?

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