Title: Virginia State Crime Commission briefed on marijuana decriminalization study, hears from public
Author: Richmond Times Dispatch
Date: 30 October 2017
Extract: The report by the staff of the Virginia State Crime Commission found that on July 20, there were 96 jail inmates awaiting trial for possession of marijuana and 31 serving jail time after conviction. State figures show there were more than 29,000 people in Virginia’s jails that same day.State crime commission members were briefed on the findings of the monthslong study prior to taking mixed comment from 32 people at a hearing Monday. Under the proposal, possession of small amounts of marijuana would remain illegal but would become a civil offense, instead of a criminal one.