Candidate in race for State House District 31 (D) on Tuesday, June 8, 2021
I support the full legalization of the adult use of cannabis in Virginia and I believe that it should be done this year. Not only is it the right thing to do, it would also be very beneficial to our economy, especially for the communities that have been harmed by the war on drugs. Once the market is established, people who were convicted should have the first opportunity to attain capital so that they can start a business in this new industry. It is past time that we stop punishing people for something that has been legalized fully in many other states.
The over-policing of individuals for possession of marijuana has destroyed too many lives in the Commonwealth. If Virginia wants to be a national leader when it comes to civil rights, the best way to do that is to clear the records of those convicted of marijuana possession. I will support and advocate for any legislation that would automatically expunge the records of anyone charged and convicted of marijuana possession. In addition, legislation should be centered around BIPOC Virginians and undoing the harm that has been done to BIPOC communities.
Research has shown that the use of cannabis has greatly improved the lives of those who struggle with chronic illnesses. As a Commonwealth, we need to allow the use of medical marijuana to be covered by insurance providers so that individuals are able to get the treatment they need.