Reports on Marijuana Prohibition Spending in Virginia 

Cato Institute reports Virginia spent $81.2M enforcing marijuana prohibition in 2016. Based on this number, spending for 2017 and 2018 is estimated to have been over $100M in each year.


Virginia Crime Data Shows Surge in Marijuana Arrests

Crime in Virginia 2017 report shows 22% increase in marijuana arrests from 21,637 in 2016 to 27,852 in 2017
Crime in Virginia 2018 reports shows marijuana arrests accounted for 59% of all drug arrests. Marijuana arrests increased 3.5% from 27,852 in 2017 to 28,866 in 2018.


Racial Disparity in Marijuana Enforcement in Virginia 3:1

Marijuana Arrests by Locality 2010-2016, VCU Capital News Service
Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests 2003-2013, Drug Policy Alliance


Polling shows Virginians, like Americans, overwhelmingly support marijuana policy reform, including regulating adult-use, decriminalizing personal possession to fines not crimes, and doctor-recommended medical marijuana:


University Mary Washington September 2019
61% of Virginians support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults

Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP August 2019
63% of Americans say that marijuana should be legal nationwide

Marist/NPR/PBS July 2019
63% of US adults believe that it is a “good idea” to “legalize marijuana nationwide"

Axios/Survey Monkey June 2019
63% of Americans support  "legalizing the recreational use of marijuana on a national level”
87% of Americans support "allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes” if their doctor authorizes it

PSB/Buzzfeed April 2019
66% of Americans support federal legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol

General Social Survey March 2019
61% of Americans, including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, support the legalization of marijuana for adults

Quinnipiac University March 2019
66% of Americans say "the use of marijuana should be made legal” nationwide
63% Americans support erasing criminal records for past marijuana possession crimes

YouGov Fall 2018
67% of Americans believe that the recreational use of marijuana by adults should not be criminalized

Gallup October 2018
66% Americans support legalized adult-use

CNU February 2018
76% Virginians support decriminalization

Quinnipiac April 2017
59% Virginians support legalized adult-use

Quinnipiac February 2017
93% Americans support doctor-recommend medical cannabis
71% Americans support states setting marijuana policy without federal interference
59% Americans support legalized adult-use

Gallup October 2016
60% Americans support legalized adult-use