How Do Virginia Election Candidates Feel About Cannabis Policy?

maine marijuana question 1 recount vote election 2016

Tomorrow is Election Day in Virginia. Below is a voter guide that was sent out today that I am passing along for Weed News readers that live in Virginia:

Virginia will elect its next governor tomorrow, November 7, 2017. Please take a minute to examine each candidate’s position on marijuana policy before you head to the polls. While every candidate favors some form of reduced penalty for simple possession, they have significant differences in opinion regarding marijuana penalties in the commonwealth.

  • Democrat Ralph Northam supports decriminalization of marijuana and legalizing the medical use of marijuana.
  • Republican Ed Gillespie opposes decriminalizing marijuana but favors a three-strikes approach for simple possession. The first two violations would not carry criminal charges, but a third would. He is open to “appropriate, limited, tightly regulated use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.”
  • Libertarian Cliff Hyra supports decriminalization, the establishment of a medical marijuana program, and allowing responsible adults ages 21 and older to consume marijuana.

This election is important, as the governor holds considerable sway over the direction of Virginia’s policies. We all have a say in determining Virginia’s future, so please visit your local polling station between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, November 7. If you don’t know where your polling station is, click here to find out. Check your voter registration here, and be sure to bring a photo ID with you when you head to the polling station. Make your voice heard tomorrow!

Thank you,

Zach Mauldin
Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project

Johnny Green
About Johnny Green 961 Articles

Johnny Green is a cannabis activist from Oregon. Johnny has a bachelor’s degree in public policy, and believes that the message should always be more important than the messenger. #LegalizeIt #FreeThePlant