As Virginia’s legislature considers a bill to decriminalize marijuana, some critics worry that doing so will send the wrong message to kids who may already view the drug as harmless, and the prospect of legalization sends some parents into a panic.
Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia have ditched criminal penalties for possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and State Senator Adam Ebbin thinks it’s time for Virginia to do likewise.
For years, the city of Charlottesville has debated whether to install security cameras in public places.
Opponents have successfully argued that surveillance in public places is an invasion of privacy, but with the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, public sentiment may have shifted.
Since 2007, Charlottesville’s chief of police has been asking City Council to install surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall. This week, he brought the City's top prosecutor to make the case.
When he's sentenced tomorrow will a former Virginia Governor get a slap on the wrist with community service or a short time in prison for 11 corruption convictions—or will U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentence him to a lengthy stint behind bars?
Marijuana is now legal in four states, the District of Colombia and South Portland, Maine. It’s been decriminalized in 17 states – among them our neighbors, North Carolina and Maryland.
So where does that leave Virginia? Is anyone calling for legal reforms here?
Jordan McNeish was a bright kid who finished high school early and began taking courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He’d been arrested once for possession of marijuana, paid a fine but spent no time in jail. Then, in 2009, he was charged with a second offense.