Marijuana in Virginia: From Illegal to Medicinal?
Marijuana seems to be in the news on a daily basis. It is part of the reason why this blog has reviewed the marijuana laws in Virginia twice: once to provide background and once more to discuss a slight move toward decriminalization last year. Now, it is going to be the subject for a third time because of something interesting that is happening outside of Virginia.
Marijuana on the West Coast:
Seattle became the second major city in the country last week to erase past marijuana misdemeanors for possession. This move updates the criminal records for those who have lived with these crimes since the legalization of marijuana in 2012.
This is a significant decision. It acknowledges not only that marijuana possession is acceptable in the eyes of the law but that it always should have been acceptable. The mayor went even further: “It is a necessary step to right the wrongs of what was a failed war on drugs.”
The first city to make the same move was San Francisco. It will be interesting to see if other cities decide to follow suit.
Marijuana in Virginia:
As reported by WTVR in Virginia, doctors in Virginia can only medically use marijuana to treat intractable epilepsy. This seems to be rapidly changing, however. Both houses in Virginia’s legislature overwhelmingly approved allowing prescriptions for medical marijuana for any condition.
There are currently 29 states that allow for medical marijuana. Virginia may be on the verge of becoming number 30. Virginia is probably still years away, however, from joining the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana as well.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. It is important to remember, though, that nothing has yet changed. Marijuana possession is still illegal in Virginia. If you are in need of an attorney because of a marijuana-related charge, call or e-mail today for a free consultation!
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