Virginia Delegate Seeks To Decriminalize Marijuana | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Virginia Delegate Seeks To Decriminalize Marijuana

Play associated audio

By Meymo Lyons

A veteran Virginia legislator is proposing bills to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and to make it available for limited medical purposes.

But Del. Harvey B. Morgan of Gloucester told a news conference the prospects of passage are not very good. He has no co-sponsors and he doesn't expect to win the support of the law enforcement community.

Under Morgan's legislation, doctors could prescribe and pharmacists dispense medical marijuana. Virginia already has a statute on the books to allow treatment for cancer or glaucoma, but the drug cannot legally be distributed.

Morgan's bill would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense, rather than a crime, and increase the amount a person can possess without being considered a drug dealer.

NPR

On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of 'Jaws'

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.
NPR

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.
NPR

Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S.

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, about Republican presidential candidate Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.
NPR

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.