Virginia becomes the 27th state in the U.S. to abolish the incarceration of cannabis users
Governor of Virginia Ralph Northham finally approved the law on Thursday to stop legal proceedings concerning the possession of cannabis for personal use. Virginia becomes the 27th American state to abolish the criminal sanction of cannabis users. The new law stipulates that the maximum penalty for possession of up to 28 grams of cannabis will be a fine of $ 25 without a criminal record.
Until now, the possession of any amount of cannabis in Virginia was considered a crime with a maximum penalty of 30 days in prison and a fine of $ 500 more, and of course, a criminal case with all the associated consequences .
In 2018, nearly 29000 arrests were made in Virginia for cannabis-related offenses, a number that has tripled since 1999. Cannabis arrests accounted for 59% of the total drug addiction arrests in the state.
The decriminalization of cannabis was one of the electoral promises of the Democratic Governor of the North. A December 2019 poll showed that 83% of Virginia residents strongly support this amendment.
La new law Comes into force on July 1, making Virginia the 27th of 50 states to decriminalize and the first to do so in 2020. In recent years, many states have taken action in the United States.
On the other hand, local legislators in the capital Richmond have approved last week a resolution asking the city to stop testing certain workers as a condition of employment.