Virginia NORML has endorsed Debra Gardner.
Candidate in race for State House District 76 (D) on Tuesday, June 20, 2023
I support legalization and regulation of cannabis. Cannabis legalization boosts the economy, can then be regulated for further safety, frees up resources, and helps cut down on crime. It also helps the dismantling of at least part of the institutionalized racism in the criminal justice system. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of Virginians support it.
Decades of research shows that the decriminalization of non-violent marijuana possession charges actually benefits public health and safety as limited resources can be spent addressing violent crime and expanding access to drug treatment and other health services. These arrests also fuel mass incarceration and are a driver of institutionalized racism and economic inequality.
I support expanding Virginia’s medical cannabis program. Cannabis is a safe and effective form of medication for many people and should be treated as such, thus warranting a change in the many barriers that patients face.