Across the state, data shows that Black people are 3.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people, despite similar usage rates. It's time to bring racial justice to our system now by taking away from law enforcement a tool it has wielded disproportionately against Black Virginians.
Gov. Ralph Northam's proposed legislation to decriminalize marijuana (House Bill 972), as well as Senate Bill 2, set up new civil penalty enforcement mechanisms ripe for abuse and actually create new crimes.
The only way to stop the harm of marijuana laws against people of color is to repeal the prohibition on marijuana possession and use from the code completely, making it legal for adults to possess less than half an ounce of marijuana. This is the first step in the right direction to eliminating racially biased drug enforcement.
Tell the Virginia General Assembly to support HB 1507, introduced by Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, which would accomplish this important goal by simply repealing marijuana prohibition.
State House Representative