Va. state senator pushing for marijuana decriminalization

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia state senator says it’s time to decriminalize marijuana. Sen. Adam Ebbin, an Alexandria Democrat, has introduced a bill that would eliminate jail time for possession of the drug and make it punishable by a maximum $100 civil penalty. Ebbin said Thursday at a news conference that criminalization of marijuana has failed. He says it makes nonviolent, regular citizens criminals and burdens Virginia with $67 million in law enforcement costs annually. The measure faces an uphill battle. The House of Delegates has routinely killed decriminalization bills in the past.

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