A big win for supporters of cannabis in Virginia
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7th October 2020

A big win for supporters of cannabis in Virginia

Abigayle Miranda
The supporters of marijuana in Virginia finally have something to smile about as their continuous effort to legalize cannabis in the country has finally bore some fruits. They now feel that they have been doing something or the government listens and probably the saying, ‘hard work pays’ will be on the speeches for a long while from now. Among the many laws that were put in place by the general assembly was the decriminalization of marijuana in the country.

Jenn Michelle Pedini, the executive director

Jenn Michelle Pedini, the executive director of Virginia NORML couldn’t hide her happiness as she told the press that it was indeed a big day. She said that the results were due to the efforts made by the Virginia NORML and the coalition of reform supporters. The bill that makes personal possession of an ounce of cannabis a civil offense that will cause a person to be fined $25 was passed in the general assembly. This will in turn reduce the number of arrests by a great percentage, about 50%. Most supporters and users of the drug will now avoid jail time, which is indeed some amazing news for them. It is also an encouragement that they will reach a point where they will no longer have to hide, where cannabis will be legal in the country.

A big win for supporters of cannabis in Virginia

Despite the good news that the marijuana supporters and Virginia NORML received, the executive director of Virginia NORML says the still have a mile to go. She said that the decriminalization of cannabis is not the public solution for its prohibition. They are not going to stop until the drug is fully legalized in the country. Jenn Michelle Pedini says that it has to be legalized and proper regulations put in place for responsible adult use. This means that they will still push the government to approve it’ legalization and with their endless efforts, this is a big possibility.

With the recent polls taken in Virginia, a great number think that the drug, cannabis should be legalized. This can mean that most citizens of the country use marijuana or see its benefits. Therefore, those who support it are in large numbers and if united, they may get what they want; a big win. As they say, ‘together we stand, divided we fall’. However, the issue of whether cannabis should be legalized or not is still a controversial one, not only in Virginia but in many countries. Most countries are facing the same issues and trying to see whether it will be a good idea to legalize the drug or not.

There is great hope for the people who support cannabis in Virginia. This is because the General Assembly ordered research to be done on the legalization and regulation of the drug. If the results will side with Virginia NORML and numerous marijuana supporters, then it will be more good news for them. It will also be an encouragement to reforms in other countries to continue pushing for legalization and have other countries accepting it. The Virginia people who support cannabis can have their celebration well today as a win is still a win, no matter how small.

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