RICHMOND, Va. — As other states have relaxed their laws against marijuana, citizens across Virginia gathered together Saturday to discuss how to persuade the General Assembly to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the commonwealth.
About 150 people, including health care providers and attorneys, attended the Virginia 2019 Cannabis Conference, held by the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Virginia NORML advocates decriminalizing possession of marijuana and regulating medical and recreational-use production and sales of the substance.
Members of NORML are hopeful after Gov. Ralph Northam voiced support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana during his State of the Commonwealth speech on Wednesday, the first day of the General Assembly’s 2019 session.
“We want to keep people safe. But we shouldn’t use valuable law enforcement time, or costly prison space, on laws that don’t enhance public safety,” the governor said in his speech. “Current law imposes