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Virginia on Verge of Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

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By Associated Press

(AP) — Virginia is moving toward decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana.

The state House passed a decriminalization bill with bipartisan support, and the state Senate is expected to pass its own version shortly. Gov. Ralph Northam has also signaled his support for the measure.

If passed, the legislation would scrap criminal charges for possessing marijuana in Virginia and replace them with small fines.

Supporters have argued the measure is needed in part because African Americans are disproportionately charged with drug crimes.

A measure to legalize marijuana failed earlier this year.

 



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