I received the following alert out of Virginia today:
The Virginia State Crime Commission has rescheduled its meeting to present its findings on marijuana decriminalization. It’s important that advocates attend this meeting and show that Virginians support sensible marijuana policies.
What: Virginia State Crime Commission public meeting to present its findings on marijuana decriminalization
When: Monday, October 30, at 1 p.m.
Where: House Committee Room, Ground Floor, Room W011, Pocahontas Building, 900 East Maine Street, Richmond, VA
Don’t forget that the Commission is still accepting written comment on marijuana decriminalization. The specific issues it’s examining are available here. Make sure to submit your comments by Friday, August 23, at 5 p.m. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to:
1111 East Broad Street, Ste. B036
Richmond, VA 23219
Be sure to check out our decriminalization webpage for assistance crafting your comments. Here are some of the best key points to hit:
- Punishing marijuana possession with a fine will save the state money, help eliminate enforcement disparities, and allow police to pursue actual violent criminals.
- Marijuana is safer than alcohol, and marijuana consumers shouldn’t be criminalized for choosing a safer substance.
- Nearly eight in 10 Virginians support replacing marijuana criminal convictions with a fine (decriminalization), and 62% favor ending marijuana prohibition altogether.
Please spread the word to other Virginians who support humane marijuana policies.
Thanks for all that you do, and please do your best to show up on October 30!
Marijuana Policy Project