Marijuana laws overwhelmingly target Black and brown communities.
Current marijuana decriminalization legislation (House Bill 972 and Senate Bill 2) will increase racially disparate policing and stick young people with harsher punishments than adults for simple marijuana possession.
We are urging Virginia's leaders – Gov. Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dick Saslaw – to amend decriminalization legislation to address racial disparities by eliminating penalties and provide services to our children rather than punishments.
Tell Virginia's leadership that racially equitable marijuana reform should support our youth instead of criminalizing them, remove policing discretion, not include a civil penalty, and not recriminalize communities of color impacted most by the war on drugs. They have the power to make changes – make sure they hear from you.
Del. Eileen Filler
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw
Gov. Ralph Northam