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.”
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."
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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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.
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.
Robert Sharpe frequently writes excellent letters to the editor of various newspapers around Virginia. His recent submission to the Washington Post succinctly captures the wastefulness of Virginia's failed drug laws. Draw ideas from this piece when contacting your lawmakers!
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