80-year-old GOPer Leading the Charge for Decriminalizing Marijuana in Virginia

When the Virginia General Assembly gets back to work after the new year, they can take a step forward in fight for saner drug policy. Legislators may take up House Bill 1443 that would decriminalize possession of marijuana, Raw Story reports. The bill was introduced by 80-year-old Republican Harvey Morgan.

Eric W. Dolan writes:

Legislation proposed by Morgan, known as House Bill 1443, would replace the criminal fine for possession with a civil penalty and eliminate the 30-day jail sentence and criminal record that would follow conviction.

The bill would not change penalties for the manufacture or distribution of marijuana. It would also continue to require drug screening and education for minors convicted of marijuana possession.

Morgan introduced a similar bill in January of 2010, but the legislation never made it out of committee in the 2010 General Assembly Session.

"The Commonwealth continues to punish people for mistakes made decades ago," Morgan said during a news conference in January. "We need to move to a more honest, reasoned, compassionate, and sensible drug policy, and this bill does that."

Thankfully, not all of Virginia's elected officials are as backward at the

state's Attorney General



AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at December 28, 2010, 11:57am

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