Northam Backs Marijuana Decriminalization

The Democrat unveiled his criminal justice reform plan Monday.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 14, 2017, 11:06 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) “on Monday called for de­crim­in­al­iz­ing small amounts of marijuana in Vir­gin­ia, say­ing en­force­ment is ex­pens­ive and dis­pro­por­tion­ately jails Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans.”

Northam: “As a doc­tor, I like to make the point to people, over 100 of the medi­cines that we use on a daily basis come from plants. … So I think we need to be open-minded about us­ing marijuana for med­ic­al pur­poses.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

Northam re­leased that along with oth­er policies on Monday, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing fair re­dis­trict­ing, felon en­fran­chise­ment, and crim­in­al justice re­form. (re­lease)


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