When lawmakers from the Virginia Legislature reconvene this year, a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession will be waiting to be introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin.
The “Marijuana; Decriminalization of Simple Marijuana Possession” bill, also known as SB 686, would replace the current, harsh, penalties for marijuana possession with a a simple civil fine of up to $100. This bill will also allow for the at-home, personal cultivation of up to 6 marijuana plants.
To increase Virginian awareness of this bill, the local chapter of NORML raised money to place an educational billboard in Richmond, VA for 4 weeks through the online fundraising platform, Go Fund Me. In just 10 days, the campaign exceeded the goal amount of $825. The fund has currently raised $955 from only 19 donors, but the organization is still accepting donations to be used toward other NORML events throughout the year. The billboard is reportedly going to look similar to the photo at the top of this article
The goal amount, $825, is enough to place a huge billboard 11′ high by 23′ wide on what the group describes as as “large street near the capitol.” The placement of this billboard is timed to gain a lot of attention just as the legislature reconvenes for the 2015 session. The Virginia chapter of NORML is also asking all those who support SB 686, the marijuana decriminalization bill, to express support in writing to the appropriate congressmen.
Screen shot taken 1/2/2015 at 3:45 MT.
Virginia residents who want to show support for legal marijuana in the state can also join NORML for Lobby Day on the steps of the General Assembly in Richmond on Friday January 16, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The organization is asking that participants register ahead of time through the event web page, so that they are able to plan accordingly.
photo credit: VA NORML