In just 2 years, support for marijuana legalization has spiked to 61%, according to a new poll by the University of Mary Washington. In 2017, support was only at 39%.
Those advocating for marijuana law reform aren’t surprised at these numbers, according to Virginia Mercury.
Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor, said, “The times they are a-changin’ — here in the Old Dominion.”
Executive Director of Virginia NORML Jenn Michelle Pedini said, “Virginia attitudes tend to mirror those of the American public on this issue, and the majority of Americans favor legalizing responsible adult use of marijuana.”
Virginia has also seen an increase in arrests for marijuana possession. Arrest rates are the highest they’ve been in 20 years.
Delegate Steve Heretick is already planning to file marijuana legalization legislation in the upcoming 2020 legislative session.