Virginia Groups Push Governor To Amend Marijuana Decriminalization Bill On His Desk | Marijuana Moment

  • One group, Virginia NORML, is seeking to add an emergency clause to the legislation so that its provision take effect as soon as possible, rather than on July 1 as stated in the bill’s current text.
  • Because of the unique public health threat we are now facing, one that is only exacerbated by close physical contact, Virginia NORML recommends Governor Northam add an emergency clause to SB2 and HB972 so that they may take effect as soon as possible in order to mitigate interactions not consistent with CDC social distancing guidelines between these public servants and otherwise law-abiding Virginians, Pedini said.
  • Virginia NORML is also calling on the governor to immediately deprioritize the enforcement of criminal and civil violations specific to nonviolent marijuana offenses, withdraw all charges for those facing prosecution for nonviolent marijuana offenses, review and release those currently incarcerated solely for the commission of nonviolent marijuana offenses, and waive all pending probation requirements for those convicted solely of nonviolent marijuana offenses.
  • Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) signed an order deeming dispensaries and cultivation facilities essential services, and medical cannabis patients can obtain their products via curbside pickup, though that service is not available to recreational consumers.
  • Consequently, small businesses in states with some form of legal cannabis must choose between remaining eligible for SBA loan programs, or doing business with a rapidly-growing and legal industry, the senators wrote.
  • SBA services that marijuana companies should be eligible for include the Loan Guarantee Program, Disaster Assistance Program and Microloan Program, the group said.

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