Survey Of Virginia Stakeholders Lists Potential Consequences Of Marijuana Commercialization
Virginia Stakeholders from the health/medical, community advocates, and education fields gathered Thursday in the Commonwealth to gauge the anticipated effects of Marijuana legalization in Virginia. The ad hoc group, Virginia Allies Evaluating Drug Legislation met to gather evidence from those with hands on experience so that policymakers would better understand the foreseeable consequences of commercialization of pot. The group says the results of the survey are clear: experts in the field of health and community advocacy and education know commercialization will be a harm to those under their watch and policymakers must heed their advice. The top concern among respondents was youth use of marijuana. 82 percent stating they anticipate an increase in use among high school students. Virginia is attempting to become the next state to legalize pot as Governor Northam has proposed the measure to the General Assembly.