It has been hard to reform marijuana policy in Virginia. At least two of the state’s gubernatorial candidates support some form of reform. These candidates, surprisingly, are from different political parties.
Tom Perriello, a Democrat, spoke of his disdain regarding Big Pharma and its role in the opioid crisis, The Washington Post reported. He noted that he is willing to stand up drug lobbying and policy reform. He fought for cheaper prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients. He also supports medical marijuana.
Perriello sees medical marijuana as a “more effective element of care that does not come from Big Pharma”.
On the Republican side, Corey Stewart does support a form of decriminalization, according to WVTF Radio. Stewart said, in direct response to his thoughts on decriminalization, that, “I’m not for legalization, but I am for decriminalization.”
Stewart also said, “I’ve had relatives that were jailed in some cases for 30 days because they simply were caught with a marijuana cigarette. I don’t think that’s good for the person who spends time in jail. I don’t think it’s good for taxpayers, and I don’t think it’s a good use of law enforcement resources.”