RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia’s Lt Gov. Ralph Northam calls for the decriminalization ofin a letter to the State Crime Commission on Monday.
Northam says‘s current marijuana enforcement and sentencing laws remain “costly and disproportionately harmful to communities of color.”
In the letter, Northam saysspends $67 million on enforcement, which is enough to open up another 13,000 pre-K spots for kids.
Northam also says in the letter that African Americans are nearly three times as likely to get arrested for simple marijuana possession and sentencing guidelines which include jail time can “all too often begin a dangerous cycle of recidivism.”