The Virginia State Crime Commission is currently seeking public comments on the topic of decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana.
Written comments and any other information/materials relevant to this study should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or via traditional mail by 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017. Written comments can be sent to the Crime Commission’s physical address at 1111 East Broad Street, Ste. B036; Richmond, VA 23219.
Study findings will be presented at the October 5, 2017 Crime Commission meeting, which is planned to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Richmond. This meeting is open to the public. Location is TBD and will be revealed later this fall.
The study had been requested by Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, who said at a Norfolk city council event in Norfolk last year that it was crazy that people are being locked up for the crime.
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat candidate for governor, tweeted his support for the study, saying, “One step at a time. We’ll chalk this one up for a win.”
Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, isn’t fully onboard with changing marijuana laws, “While Ed opposes marijuana legalization or decriminalization, he does support exploring reforms to make sure that penalties align appropriately to the offense committed. He looks forward to the results of the Commission’s study,” Gillespie’s Deputy Communications Director Abbi Sigler told WTOP in a statement.