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Virginia Lawmakers Advance Separate Cannabis Expungement Bills – Ganjapreneur

The Virginia House and Senate each approved a bill to expunge low-level cannabis crimes this week. Senate Bill 5043 would give cannabis convicts the opportunity to have their police and court records wiped of their charges. According to an official summary, “The bill requires the person to have paid all court costs, fines, and restitution, and for five years to have elapsed since the date of conviction, depending on the nature of the offense.” The proposal would also allow for the expungement of other minor, non-cannabis crimes including the use of a fake ID to purchase alcohol. House Bill 5146 […]

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Virginia Program to Reveal Link Between Vaping and COVID-19 – Public News Service

New research shows a strong correlation between vaping and catching coronavirus. (Adobe stock) September 3, 2020 RICHMOND, Va. — Vaping and cigarette smoking are significant risk factors for COVID-19, according to new research from Stanford University. And this month, a Henrico County, Virginia-based program for parents and teens will present important findings from the study. The research surveyed youth between ages 13 and 24. It reveals those who vaped regularly tested positive for COVID-19 five times more likely than those who never used e-cigarettes, according to Terrell Pollard, chair of Henrico Too Smart 2 Start, an education nonprofit that will […]

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Virginia Senate Approves Legislation to Prohibit Police Stops Based on Cannabis Odor – Cannabis Business Times

When it comes to social equity in Greater Boston, private enterprise and the voluntary sector aren’t going it alone. A public-private partnership is working to help people who were adversely affected by the War on Drugs obtain a foothold in the cannabis industry. Launched in 2019, Mass CultivatED strives to help people who were arrested or incarcerated, have family members who had those same experiences, or live in an area where those experiences have had a disproportionate impact on the population. The program refers to them as “fellows.” “When I decided to get one of these licenses and create a […]

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Bill to end police stops for marijuana odor passes Virginia Senate

The state Senate approved a bill Friday that would prohibit search and seizures based solely on the odor of marijuana, which activists say is a step toward ending adverse enforcement against marginalized communities. Senate Bill 5029, introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, passed on a 21-15 vote.  Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of Marijuana Justice, a nonprofit pushing for the statewide legalization of marijuana, said her group is excited to see the bill move forward. “This is a small but important step to decriminalizing Black and brown bodies of being targeted by this longtime policing tool, which was really created […]

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Virginia Senate Approves Legislation to Prohibit Police Stops Based on Cannabis Odor

When it comes to social equity in Greater Boston, private enterprise and the voluntary sector aren’t going it alone. A public-private partnership is working to help people who were adversely affected by the War on Drugs obtain a foothold in the cannabis industry. Launched in 2019, Mass CultivatED strives to help people who were arrested or incarcerated, have family members who had those same experiences, or live in an area where those experiences have had a disproportionate impact on the population. The program refers to them as “fellows.” “When I decided to get one of these licenses and create a […]

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Appeals Court Sides with Transgender Students in Virginia Bathroom Case

Aug. 26 (UPI) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a transgender man who sued his former high school in Virginia over restroom access. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it’s unconstitutional and a violation of Title IX for schools to require students to use only the bathroom of the gender with which they were born. The court voted 2-1 in favor of Gavin Grimm, who sued the Gloucester County School Board in 2015 after it implemented its bathroom policy. Advertisement “At the heart of this appeal is whether equal protection and Title IX […]

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