Politician Info
A+ Steve Heretick (D - VA) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Holds office State House District 79

Position on Marijuana Legalization

I was the the first member of the Virginia General Assembly to introduce comprehensive legislation to legalize adult use of marijuana, and I have introduced a number of related bills to support legalization. In 2021, I was the Chief Co-Sponsor of the House Majority Leader's bill to fully legalize marijuana, and my legalization bill introduced in the same session was incorporated into the omnibus bill which was signed into law by the Governor. I was actually awarded the pen the Governor used to sign the bill in recognition of my longstanding support and advocacy for this legislation.

Since joining the Virginia General Assembly in the 2016 Session, I have sponsored, co-sponsored and supported multiple bills seeking the automatic expungement of non-violent criminal records reflecting convictions for marijuana possession.

Position on Marijuana Decriminalization

Criminalizing simple possession of marijuana has no positive public policy purpose: it does not deter the use of marijuana, it forecloses a defendant's career options and opportunities unnecessarily, and statistics reflects grossly disproportionate enforcement racially.

Position on Medical Marijuana

As a former member of the Virginia Board of Medicine, I have long supported the establishment, development, and expansion of Virginia's medical cannabis program. 

Co-sponsored Legislation

HB2312 Legalization (Chief Co-Patron)

Votes
SB2 Decriminalization
YES
HB972 Decriminalization
YES
SB1015 Medical Cannabis Legalization
YES
HB2113 Expungement of Certain Records
YES
SB1339 Expungement of Certain Records
YES
HB2312 Legalization
YES
SB1406 Legalization
YES
HB1862 Employment Protections for Medical Cannabis Users
YES
HB1988 Medical Cannabis Telehealth and Processing Expansion
YES
HB2218 Medical Cannabis Flower Sales
YES
SB1333 Medical Cannabis Flower Sales
YES
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