On Wednesday, Virginia’s governor said that Marijuana criminalization was originally and deliberately created to alienate people of color. He pushed for marijuana authorization to tackle those concerns.
During the Commonwealth-State address, Governor Northam Ralph pointed out how the criminal justice program treats people with bias. He added that law enforcement officers are more likely to arrest a black person than a white one, despite comparable usage rates.
Ralph further explained that such instances occur since that’s how the system was created ages ago. He noted that one of the first administrators of the state Drug Enforcement Agency adamantly wanted cannabis regulations to target coloured people explicitly.
These utterances came during the same day that the governor launched a comprehensive decriminalization reform. Leaders are discussing the bill in the Senate and House and its set for an initial hearing on Friday in the Social Services and Senate Rehabilitation.
The regulation entails elements that focus on fostering a social equity market by awarding those adversely affected by the failed war on drugs financial incentives and licensing priorities to participate in the marijuana industry.
Ralph said that it’s time to approve marijuana legalization like the other sixteen states and dissolve the present legal program rooted in partiality. He added that the state had conducted adequate research and it can approve the measure right away. Changing cannabis regulations is among the significant ways that ensure a more just Virginia that serves everyone’s interest better.
Northam argued that cannabis legalization could improve state returns and a portion of that revenue can be used to cushion disproportionately affected communities and sponsor pre-K education.
Both the Senate and House of Delegates approved expungement reforms during last year’s session; however, negotiators’ efforts to come to a consensus were futile.