Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Decriminalize First Marijuana Offense
Members of the public largely came out to support decriminalizing marijuana. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)
Over the past decade Virginia has arrested more than 130,000 people for possession of marijuana. Those arrests are almost entirely men, and more than half are college-aged. Even though Virginia’s population is only 20% black, almost half of all marijuana arrests are of African Americans.
Those were the findings of a new report released by Virginia’s State Crime Commission Monday. Now one lawmaker plans on using that data to fight for decriminalization. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.