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

 

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