State Delegate Harvey Morgan will reintroduce legislation in 2011 to reduce criminal marijuana penalties for first-time offenders. As introduced, House Bill 1443 eliminates criminal misdemeanor penalties and convictions for minor marijuana possession offenders.
Passage of HB 1443 will spare thousands of Virginians from criminal arrest and incarceration, as well as the emotional and financial hardships that follow — including the loss of certain jobs and student loans. The measure would also have allowed the law enforcement and court systems to reallocate resources toward activities that will more effectively target serious criminal behavior and keep the public safe.
You can read more about this pending legislation here.
You can contact your state Delegate in favor of HB 1443 by entering your zip code below. *NOTE: The upcoming 2011 Virginia General Assembly session convenes on January 12.
For more information on what you can do to reform Virginia’s marijuana laws, please visit Virginia NORML at: virginanorml.org, or follow Virginia NORML on Facebook.
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