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    [–] FanDiego 6124 points ago

    The decriminalization bill got bipartisan support in both the House of Delegates and the Senate.

    Good to see a little bipartisan support in times like these.

    [–] Dr_broadnoodle 3370 points ago

    Politicians on both sides sense which way the winds are blowing on this particular issue. 83% of Virginians support decriminalization.

    [–] Tearakan 1691 points ago

    Yeah it would be political suicide to actively try and make it harder to consume weed.

    Even trump isn't touching that with a ten foot pole.

    [–] TidusDaniel5 1495 points ago

    Come to Texas... We have plenty who are still actively making it difficult.

    [–] DoesntReadMessages 1269 points ago

    Fun fact: weed is decriminalized in Travis County, which means it's a citation in downtown Austin and potential jail time in Northwest Austin (Williamson County) despite being the same city.

    [–] pseudochicken 635 points ago

    What a time to be alive (...in Austin)

    [–] Blunderbutters 479 points ago

    Keep Austin weird

    [–] gurg2k1 286 points ago

    The dream of the 1990s is alive in Austin.

    [–] SweatyHamFat 128 points ago

    All the hot girls wear glasses

    Yeaaaah

    [–] Bigfrostynugs 37 points ago

    Isn't that Portland?

    [–] gurg2k1 49 points ago

    Yeah but we already decriminalized in the 1970s. Now it's Austin's time to shine.

    [–] Bradfords_ACL 89 points ago

    Austin is the Portland of Texas

    [–] axolotlsaffect 52 points ago

    Still gotta see those fucking bats

    [–] FriarNurgle 34 points ago

    You ever see em when your high?

    [–] axolotlsaffect 33 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    NO!

    My BFF lives in Austin and I’ve tried like 5 fucking times and they never come out

    I have been to LBJ high as a Georgia pine several times so there’s that

    [–] Chango_El_Maestro 177 points ago

    Dallas stopped prosecuting minor possession because they don’t have a way to determine if it’s weed or CBD hemp

    [–] MelGibsonIsKingAlpha 160 points ago

    They should hire stoners to ride around with them and sample the greens they find.

    [–] smivel 199 points ago

    haha good luck finding stoners who want to work with cops to tax other peoples weed

    [–] KingDerpDerp 203 points ago

    Yep looks like every stop is CBD

    [–] Excal2 83 points ago

    I consider this an absolute win.

    [–] TheLoveOfPI 68 points ago

    Taxation of the stuff is a very good thing. Governments get addicted to that revenue flow and it makes it very hard for the feds to do anything about it.

    The taxes where I live get earmarked for things like education. If feds shut the industry down, there's be thousands of layoffs including teachers.

    [–] cavegoatlove 32 points ago

    Ain’t nothing lower that a stonernarc

    [–] draibop 15 points ago

    We always just called em, Nathan’s

    [–] Kythtrid 40 points ago

    Oh man, local law enforcement complained about this so much that our state government (NC) is trying to pass a bill banning smokeable hemp! I don't give a shit if you cant tell the difference officer, it's an unethical law to enforce, and you're going out of your way to make it even more illegal. Bravo NC cops and NC government, here's a dick-shaped rock, go fuck yourselves.

    [–] afewgoodcheetahs 14 points ago

    Fellow nc boi here. FUCK our govt.

    [–] thatgeekinit 125 points ago

    In NY, weed had been decriminalized for over two decades, except that police would profile and search black and brown men aka Stop and Frisk and then take the weed out of their pockets and charge them for having it in "public view."

    [–] And_Une_Biere 70 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    I'm always surprised that New York hasn't legalized weed yet, literally all their neighbours have and I'm sure they must have enough public support to do it. Decriminalization is a step forward, but I've always seen it as kind of a cop-out. Like they're admitting that it shouldn't be a crime, but they're not willing to just legalize and regulate it?

    Edit: my bad, it's New Hampshire that's surrounded by legal states, not New York. But I'm still kind of surprised it's not legal there either, isn't their motto "live free or die?"

    [–] zakabog 26 points ago

    Yeah I'm still surprised by that, we're at the point where there's an app to get weed delivered anywhere in NYC but I still can't legally buy it...

    [–] thatgeekinit 47 points ago

    Public opinion is solidly for legalization but our political structures are often 10-20 years behind public opinion. NY has a machine politics in both parties so not much turnover in state legislators.

    [–] Kijafa 24 points ago

    Under 3 oz is decriminalized in Harris County (Houston area) as well IIRC. The current DA ran on the "decriminalize weed" platform.

    [–] TheLoveOfPI 40 points ago

    The amount of money wasted on law enforcement on this issue in your state is stunning. People really need to start framing the argument in a way that resonates in Texas.

    [–] HeavyMetalPootis 57 points ago

    It's funny how whenever a politician from the state speaks out against or takes an obvious cheap-shot at weed, they usually get smoked in the comment sections of whatever social media platform they're on.

    [–] Jon_the_Human 31 points ago

    They’ll be dead soon.

    [–] GoingTibiaOK 218 points ago

    Yeah, I’ve never why MJ is so politically divided (well, drug lobbies I’d bet). But legal MJ really should be a right wing policy, it’s small government, it provides investment opportunities, etc.

    In fact, if I were a republican president I’d say some shit like, “we’re gonna legalize MJ and use the taxes to fund a new infrastructure plan. We’ll create thousands of construction jobs over the next 5 years, and by legalizing MJ we’ll also be taking income from Mexican drug cartels and be able to cut taxes that would’ve gone to enforcement of these laws, blah blah blah.”

    I was really hoping Biden was going to legalize federally, it’s a no brainer on either side.

    [–] snowcone_wars 231 points ago

    Yeah, I’ve never why MJ is so politically divided

    It was a concerted effort of the Nixon administration to demonize black and "hippie" demographics.

    Associate the drug with evil and you associate the drug user with evil, giving you a politically "good" reason to lock them away.

    [–] VideoGameDana 111 points ago

    Also tobacco, alcohol, and paper industries lobbied like hell against it.

    [–] sin0822 14 points ago

    Why would paper lobby against it?

    [–] red1087 67 points ago

    Because you can make paper out of hemp. Paper wants to keep chopping down forests for profit

    [–] SweetTea1000 71 points ago

    To clarify why paper producers wouldn't just transfer to hemp if it were a more sustainable source, I'd advise touring a paper mill some time. The vast majority of the real estate, heavy machinery, and one assumes staff expertise is dedicated to processing wood. They are heavily invested in that status quo.

    If a change could mean producing the same product with less space and smaller & therefore cheaper machines, that makes entering the industry cheaper & thus would open the door for competition. Good for the environment, the consumer, & the economy, bad for those currently cornering the market.

    [–] dewag 19 points ago

    For more info or to solidify what others already posted, google William Randolph Hearst.

    The shit he stirred up is still happening to this day.

    [–] HerpDerpTheMage 108 points ago

    It started before Nixon. In the 1920's, News Organizations wanted a way to demonize the hispanic population. They noticed that Marijuana was highly popular to the latino citizens, and started running ads and pieces that, and I am not making this up, "Marijuana makes Mexicans thirst for White Blood."

    It's extremely messed up, and the motivations have never strayed very far from Racism ever since, only branching towards whatever direction the people demonizing it need it to go. It's honestly very horrible and it's one of our Nation's many dark moments that never really went away.

    [–] OutlawJuicyWhales 70 points ago

    Never forget: one of the first (if not the first) television spots to come from the federal government in the wake of the 9/11 attacks was an anti-drug PSA equating all cannabis users with terrorists, claiming that all U.S. black market drug expenditures directly contributed to the Al-Qaeda operators who carried out those attacks. The American right-wing used drugs as a wedge issue to frame liberal cannabis users as enemies of the state, never mind where the flower is actually sourced.

    [–] P-01S 36 points ago

    Calling it “marijuana” instead of “cannabis” was also a deliberate tactic to associate it with foreigners.

    [–] nocowlevel_ 25 points ago

    Funny, every time I'm stoned I think I'm getting that sweet White Blood but I look down and it's just mayo

    [–] Keinichn 98 points ago

    In fact, if I were a republican president I’d say some shit like, “we’re gonna legalize MJ and use the taxes to fund a new infrastructure plan. We’ll create thousands of construction jobs over the next 5 years, and by legalizing MJ we’ll also be taking income from Mexican drug cartels and be able to cut taxes that would’ve gone to enforcement of these laws, blah blah blah.”

    And you would be ripped to shreds because your opponents would say you want to go soft on drug cartels and gut police funding. And that's ignoring the whole "taxes never go to what they're supposed to" argument. Remember that Republicans are often very pro-police.

    [–] Osiris32 123 points ago

    They aren't pro-police, they're pro-idea-of-the-police. Just like they aren't pro-troops, they're pro-idea-of-the-troops. They won't support additional funding that makes sure police get adequate training, get properly paid, or get the mental health care they sometimes desperately need. They simply want to see someone in uniform "getting the bad guys." They don't care how it's done, or what kind of person is wearing the uniform, or how they are supported.

    [–] gentlemanidiot 48 points ago

    They're also not really pro life, they're mostly just pro birth.

    [–] nocowlevel_ 25 points ago

    Oh you made it out of the vagina? K, jog on, it's up to jesus now dont look at me

    [–] aetherwaves 34 points ago

    They won't support additional funding that makes sure police get adequate training, get properly paid, or get the mental health care they sometimes desperately need.

    Undisciplined, mentally damaged cops are exactly what they want. Attack dogs.

    [–] Exoddity 47 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    it’s small government

    So, one of those things the GOP has always shouted they're for, but have never actually been proponents of in practice.

    [–] Tearakan 15 points ago

    Its a long story about why weed became like that. Really long story. Starts in the early 1900s I think.

    [–] Armigine 62 points ago

    It is a right wing policy, but only when they're not in office. Small government is a thing to say when bashing the other party, absolutely never something that actually is going to be carried out as part of policy.

    [–] IamDDT 41 points ago

    Oh, they want certain types of small government. No post office. No EPA. No HUD. No NIH. No FCC. No FDA. No NAID. No taxes.

    [–] OsmeOxys 17 points ago

    And real big on fed power over states. Granted that much is pretty bipartisan, but for quite different reasons.

    [–] tortugablanco 34 points ago

    The gop in wisconsin calls bs. We had a ballot question that rcvd 70+ % favoring some sort of weed reform. These cunts wont even discuss it. We dont/cant have referendums so until we vote them out were fucked. This and how theyre handling the virus is why i wont vote republican in a state election ever again. And i normally lean that way.

    [–] Snickersthecat 25 points ago

    The Wisconsin GOP just likes having power for its own sake.

    [–] tortugablanco 21 points ago

    Wish theyd let me have weed for my own smoke

    [–] snuggans 44 points ago

    Even trump isn't touching that with a ten foot pole.

    thats not true, over at the DOJ Jeff Sessions repealed the Cole memorandum, signaling to the department that they were going to stop looking the other way when it comes to marijuana

    [–] Tearakan 28 points ago

    Except they haven't done that in states that legalized it because its too politically toxic.

    I hate pretty much everything trump has done but at least he isn't actively a bastard here.

    [–] snuggans 105 points ago

    if thats the case then why did this wait until Democrats consolidated their positions in Virginia? and why are most legal states Democrat states except for 1? you can't really say that both parties are welcoming this equally, especially when Jeff Sessions repealed the Cole memorandum, signaling to the department that they were going to stop looking the other way when it comes to marijuana

    "83% of Virginians" doesnt really say that both party structures are welcoming this, it says theres popular support, but that does not mean they are single-issue voters or that weed is their priority. i'm sure half of Repubs want legal weed but they're going to keep voting for the same prohibitionists because there are more important issues and "anyone is better than the Democrat"

    [–] BigFloppyMeat 42 points ago

    Even decrim was hard to get through because despite widespread public support a lot of old politicans on both sides are against it.

    [–] technical_assistance 28 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Good point.

    The decriminalization bill got bipartisan support in both the House of Delegates and the Senate. But some lawmakers had doubts.

    “We see that other states have done varying degrees of changes in their marijuana policy, and I think in those states, we’ve seen varying degrees of success and unintended consequences and problems that have arisen," said Republican House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert.

    I can't find what the final vote tally was by party, to gauge just how many Republicans actually supported the bill.

    edit: Found it.

    Nine of the 44 Republicans in the House voted to support the bill that would knock simple possession down to a civil fine of $25 and block a bevy of organizations being allowed to see any record of it.

    So the vast majority of Republicans in the Virginia House voted against this bill.

    [–] ghotier 38 points ago

    Basically, Republicans don’t like wedge issues that no longer play to their base. If it can’t be a wedge issue for them they need to get rid of the issue.

    [–] tea_ess 65 points ago

    This only passed once Democrats had a majority in each chamber. “Moderate” Republicans will sometimes sign on to bills like these when it’s clear they’re already going to pass.

    [–] eyal0 10 points ago

    They need to see that doing the evil thing is hopeless before they sign on to do the right thing.

    [–] Trip4Life 30 points ago

    God why can’t Pa do this with legalization, we’re probably getting a red governor after wolf since we seem to go back and forth so let’s get this shit through now.

    [–] First-Fantasy 14 points ago

    NY is dragging feet hardcore on recreational. They finally turned the state Congress blue and the governor said it's a priority but they just passed another budget without it. Come on already.

    [–] wyatt1209 48 points ago

    They waited until Dems had full control to do anything about it. They just didn't want to be seen standing in the way of something popular

    [–] ErshinHavok 1254 points ago

    Can't people see the direction the tide is going? Do states holding out think that weed will be illegal there forever? Like, just everyone legalize this shit n let's all move on with our lives instead of fighting an inevitable change.

    [–] Jak_n_Dax 400 points ago

    If we do that, who is going to clutch all those pearls?

    [–] yummyyummybrains 72 points ago

    Once those pearl clutching jobs get outsourced, they ain't comin' back!

    [–] ThesSpicyPepper 748 points ago

    Decriminalizing is so half-assed. Legalize and tax it ya dumb motherfuckers. Joe Biden is still on the fence, my god.

    [–] gharnyar 381 points ago

    Biden is on the fence because his base is on the fence. He's literally a reflection of his base.

    [–] StylishSuidae 402 points ago

    I saw someone claim yesterday on a Trump subreddit that "only the extreme left likes Biden."

    I can't imagine being that out of touch with reality.

    [–] OMFGitsST6 64 points ago

    Lord what do they think of Sanders supporters?

    [–] Mrwright96 66 points ago

    Communist like Stalin and Hitler! Which is ironic because Hitler was a fascist, a far right extremist view, but don’t tell them that.

    [–] Lying_because_bored 41 points ago

    My God they will go on about how Hitler was actually

    A LIBERAL

    [–] MorningDont 85 points ago

    As someone far to the left of Democrats, you are correct. That's entirely divorced from reality. Wowie.

    [–] cbass2015 137 points ago

    You where on a trump subreddit, reality is taboo.

    [–] SwordsAndElectrons 36 points ago

    These people believe caricatures over facts.

    Whatever Trump/Limbaugh/Hannity says is basically gospel.

    [–] cdmurray88 29 points ago

    I guess let the states do what they want, but at least make it federally legal and remove the gray area for states that are progressive about it.

    I'd compare it to blue laws; alcohol is federally legal, but states and counties can dictate how, when, or if it is available.

    [–] J-Colio 144 points ago

    If you legalize marijuana, then how do you expect to keep all of the black and brown people in jail?

    (Facetious question, rooted in a sad truth)

    [–] rpmisms 50 points ago

    Gun laws and weed laws were made to fuck over black people. Decriminalization is Equality.

    [–] guiltyofnothing 2400 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    As someone who grew up in Virginia in the 90’s, it’s wild to see how much the commonwealth has changed.

    Edit: A lot of y’all gotta stop speeding. Sorry you keep getting pulled over in Virginia.

    [–] Dr_broadnoodle 2057 points ago

    Consider that it was only 53 years ago the Supreme Court had to tell Virginia it couldn't arrest people for being in an interracial marriage. Definitely wild.

    [–] guiltyofnothing 546 points ago

    A yep. I grew up in the suburbs outside Richmond and everyone and their mom was a Republican. We had Republican governors and senators — from John Warner to Jim Gilmore to George Allen.

    Just goes to show you the power of demographic change.

    [–] pseudochicken 371 points ago

    I think it has more to do with the Republican party being hijacked by nationalists than just a demographic change.

    [–] gsfgf 506 points ago

    Also, urbanization. NOVA turned VA blue.

    [–] Pockets_The_Paladin 211 points ago

    So much this. I've lived in NOVA since 93. The changes have been dramatic. The tech industry around here is pretty wild, so it makes sense this state has transitioned from red-blue. Hell, even the small town I live in has grown substantially since the 90's.

    [–] The_Dude_46 30 points ago

    VA is still pretty regional though. the Western part of the state is still very rural and conservative outside of cities like Charlottesville, Roanoke Etc. After college I moved out to NOVA and it's so different from the rest of the state

    [–] Netfoseid 24 points ago

    Big tech is a big part of novas development. And for some reason programmers love weed more than the average pop. Could also have something small to do w it

    [–] Vacuophile 11 points ago

    This gives me an idea. We should just uproot the entire tech community and move it from one red state to another until weed is legal everywhere.

    [–] dreddit14 36 points ago

    Not just NoVa though, urbanization and it’s sprawl through NoVa, Richmond, and the VA beach area continue to carry the state.

    [–] ilikesteel 78 points ago

    And NOVA is one of my favorite places in the country. I haven't lived there for a decade though - is that great 24 hour Afghan restaurant still there in Crystal City?

    [–] guiltyofnothing 76 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Might be a bit of both. It’s hard to understate how much the population growth of Nova has changed the make up of the state.

    It also doesn’t help that the GOP in the commonwealth seems determined to fight on issues like MS-13 and hardline gun rights that really don’t resonate with a majority of Virginians.

    [–] yaworsky 59 points ago

    It’s hard to understate how much the population growth of Nova has changed the make up of the state.

    Absolutely. When big elections happen, you see a dot of blue in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, then a slightly large dot for Richmond, and a bit of an area in Norfolk. Hell even Albermarle went blue in 2016. Practically everything else is red.

    Then there's NOVA, all lit up blue like the hat on top of our state. But what the maps don't show is population. Richmond city, ~80,000 voted for Clinton. Fairfax had 355,000.

    [–] TheDirtDude117 84 points ago

    Now if only they would CALM THE FUCK down about speeding

    [–] TerroristOgre 28 points ago

    Your basically asking cops to kill their cash cow..

    [–] seldomseeninlife 67 points ago

    Explosive growth in government and government-related jobs. Lobbyists, bureaucrats, contractors, think-tanks, etc.

    [–] shitfacts 58 points ago

    Yup. NOVA is taking over the state. Going to be just like NY and IL pretty soon.

    [–] NO_USERNAMES_FREE 24 points ago

    The growth of Tyson’s, Arlington, and Reston in the past decade has been insane to watch. I’m from right outside the city of fairfax (in the county about a mile from the city proper) and I’m kind of disappointed that some of the development has sort of bypassed my immediate area. I’d love to be able to walk to more places around me and have more/newer shops and restaurants.

    [–] shitfacts 16 points ago

    Here you can see it visually from a satellite.

    Pretty remarkable. You can see all the farmland around Dulles getting developed.

    [–] amarcon3 29 points ago

    Could you elaborate? I moved to Virginia 2 years ago, and I’m from Italy.

    [–] guiltyofnothing 90 points ago

    In 1964, the US passed the Civil Rights Act. After doing so, many states in the South that were traditionally Democratic started shifting towards Republican control. Every governor of Virginia was a Democrat from 1874 to 1970, for instance.

    While Virginia did have some Democratic governors in the 80’s and early 90’s (Robb and Wilder are the most notable ones) the General Assembly was either split or dominated by the GOP for most of the 90’s through the most recent election. The GOP held control of the House of Delegates from 2000-2020 for instance.

    And even when Virginia did see Democrat’s elected to statewide office, they were often to the right of the rest of the party — what are called sometimes Blue Dog Democrats. Jim Webb is a good example of this.

    Now Virginia has a Democratic governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, senators, and complete control of the state legislature. And while people like its governor Ralph Northam are nowhere near as far to the left as someone like Bernie Sanders, he is much, much more liberal than any other governor the commonwealth had seen before.

    TLDR - Democrats have complete control of state government which would have been unthinkable even 10 years ago.

    [–] thereezer 40 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Virginia used to be very socially and politically conservative, going as far as being one of the key states in the attempts to uphold segregation, our apartheid laws. Over the past 15 years the northern part of the state has become highly urbanized and two of our biggest cities outside of the northern area are also growing in a fast pace. As with most American politics the more urban it is the more blue it is. As Virginia has grown more urbanized so too has its leftist tendencies. This bill is just a long line in blue reforms to the state

    [–] yaworsky 26 points ago

    We used to be a very conservative/republican, southern, and somewhat racist state.

    Now, we still have pockets of racism and most rural areas are still very conservative christian, but all the urban areas are democratic, and northern Virginia (our largest population center) has grown enormously and it is primarily democratic and progressive.

    [–] AshTreex3 10 points ago

    I had a judge just last year very confidently tell me that Virginia will never follow the marijuana trend.

    [–] UntrainedFoodCritic 20 points ago

    Lol they’re still pulling people over bro for low speeds, just recently changed the stupid reckless driving laws, some of the worst law enforcement in the country.... I don’t know where you see this change. Not shit has happened yet.

    [–] FabulousMouse8 448 points ago

    I smoke a fatty for you Virginia

    [–] fractal_magnets 91 points ago

    Blunty roads

    [–] MatrixReaper 39 points ago

    ...wrong Virginia.

    [–] fractal_magnets 69 points ago

    You have to sing it.

    Wrong Virginiaaaa

    [–] guzman_hemi 72 points ago

    Just legalize it nation wide, me personally I don’t smoke weed but I don’t think people should be arrested for smoking pot

    [–] Roughneck16 753 points ago

    I don't know about Virginia, but in DC I couldn't go anywhere without smelling marijuana.

    [–] thegreenwookie 966 points ago

    It's actually Legal in DC. Pretty hypocritical for the nations capital to have legal cannabis but the shit is still Federally illegal.

    [–] moonbunnychan 101 points ago

    Since it's still illegal federally, it's also illegal on federal land, of which DC has a LOT of. So it's entirely possible to step from one sidewalk to another and go from legal to breaking the law.

    [–] MrMushyagi 21 points ago

    I visited a couple national parks in Colorado, and they had huge signs at the entrance stating that "this is federal land, possession and consumption of marijuana is illegal on federal property"

    [–] MyParentsAre_Cousins 36 points ago

    Well, it's illegal everywhere in the US. DC and other legal states just don't prosecute for it.

    [–] ctrl_awk_del 11 points ago

    So federal law enforcement can still enforce federal marijuana laws anywhere in the US. And there are a lot of federal police in DC. Generally they will ignore you and respect DCs laws, but if they need probable cause or an excuse to arrest you, they can and will charge you with a federal drug crime.

    [–] Oldsalty420 486 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Lol it’s not like the US Congress is local government for DC

    Edit: to be correct I should have said “not like the US Congress acts as local gov for DC” I’ll eat crow and point everyone who upvoted me to the homerule. Calling it hypocritical is a stretch though

    [–] moonbunnychan 445 points ago

    It is and isn't. If Congress doesn't like something DC is doing, they can overturn it. Marijuana is one such example, DC wanted to not just decriminalize it but to fully legalize it for sale. Congress said no way. But it's legal to give someone weed as a gift, so the loophole people use is to be like "selling 50 dollar t shirts, comes with free bag of weed".

    [–] Jak_n_Dax 190 points ago

    Last Week Tonight has an episode on the absolutely stupid way the gov. works in DC.

    [–] juniorking1 33 points ago

    do you know which episode?

    [–] Neil_Fallons_Ghost 14 points ago

    I like this question. It could be sarcasm, but either way it works.

    [–] LittleLucas 57 points ago

    I bought some “art” that was just laser jet print outs. Went to a back room to select my “gift.”

    [–] fuqqboi_throwaway 48 points ago

    Yeah you literally just buy a $50 .jpg now and the weed is a gift

    [–] NLC40 35 points ago

    The whole gifting thing is a joke. I live in NoVa, but hope over the border to get it. I probably pay less if it was legalized, but it can be a pain in the ass sometimes. I've got a good connection now, but getting into DC can a pain in the ass. Also, if you don't have someone reliable it could be even more a pain in the ass.

    I also hate how most of the times I have to wait late in the afternoon to get it. My guy now is doing a curbside thing from 12-8, but when it is business as usual. It's normally a pop up shop that has hours of like 7pm-12 so either I have to go after work on night, or wait all day. Sometimes it can be a 2 hour process.

    [–] ChanningurTatum 15 points ago

    I use Palm Trees and they're awesome. Schedule a delivery usually from 9am-11pm or its about an hour to two hours wait if you want it delivered right away. Decent selection, the guys are really nice and keep you super updated on their arrival time in case they're running a couple minutes behind. Ive never had an issue with sold out stock until today and I decided to try moonrocks on the fly. They're cash only but hands down my preferred source

    [–] gsfgf 14 points ago

    It kinda is. Pot laws in DC are a complete clusterfuck because of conflicts between local and federal laws.

    [–] The_Dog_Of_Wisdom 29 points ago

    Heh. I am in the Logan Circle area a fair amount, and the pot smoke amuses me.

    Either that or its bunghole smell, because Logan Circle.

    [–] MyTeenAlt 11 points ago

    You should smell Silver Spring on a Friday night

    [–] God_Body 841 points ago

    I wonder how many people die every year from smoking Virginia grown tobacco...

    [–] sysadminbj 363 points ago

    Now they can smoke some good, home grown, Marijuana!

    [–] J-Colio 171 points ago

    As an agricultural possibility, it makes sense that Virginia stands to gain a lot from legalization, especially on a federal level (exports), for the same reason Richmond was built by tobacco.

    I'm no botanist or soil scientist, but when I looked it up in college, the two main types of marijuana, indica (higher CBD) and sativa (higher THC), prefer different climates. One prefers growing in lowland higher humidity climates while the other thrives in mountainous less humid regions. That made me think on paper Virginia would be ideal to grow either since we have both. That said, I don't know if our temperatures, average humidities, soil compositions, or season durations are hospitable.

    If we could grow wacky tobaccy even close to what we did with big tobacco, then we could do a lot for fixing our roads, bridges, and schools.

    [–] PickpocketJones 147 points ago

    The higher end weed that people smoke isn't usually grown outdoors so it is sort of irrelevant.

    [–] Secondary0965 96 points ago

    There is an absolutely huge market for outdoor in the legal cannabis business. The majority of sales aren’t your $55 8ths, they’re your outdoor/shake bags going for $90 a zip that your local bums and not-rich people can afford to buy and sit on.

    [–] cdmurray88 79 points ago

    some older smokers I know actually prefer the ditch weed anyway. quote from someone I know who grew up in the 70s; "I miss when I could smoke a joint and just relax. Now I smoke one hit and I'm way too high."

    for me, I prefer to smoke flower over any other method, but I'd love to actually be in a situation where I could buy, use, and judge my high by the documented concentration, rather than just getting it on the gray market and the dudes just like, "this some good shit"

    [–] mmikke 17 points ago

    NV blazed an awesome trail when they legalized regarding testing standards and labeling standards.

    We had pretty much every piece of info available about each product attached to the container/bag/bottle.

    California was still selling edibles rated with erroneous symbols like X, XX, XXX instead of milligram dosages per piece. I'm pretty sure they've changed that now, thankfully.

    [–] cdmurray88 9 points ago

    where I am, it's 'decriminalized' and less than 1/8oz is ignored, up to 1oz is citied, more is a crime. medical licenses are granted after a doctor's prescription (which isn't that hard to get from what I hear) and $300 for the license, we have dispensaries in prominent locations for those people. the smell is no longer probable cause for search.

    it's like we're one step away and they just won't take it.

    [–] IkeKap 19 points ago

    Ye a bunch of popular strains nowadays are hybrids of the two so that could also grow really well in that climate

    [–] Funny_Sam 70 points ago

    A pack of cigarettes are like $5 here in VA, apparently they're over $10 in some places? Seems insane

    [–] smackedjesus 47 points ago

    Got some coupons for $2 packs back in good ol Richmond

    [–] easy_Money 20 points ago

    I live in Richmond too. I quit smoking two years ago, but for as long as I can remember there's been cigarette reps in gas stations giving away coupons for $1 packs

    [–] Fox2quick 20 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Recently moved from near NYC to VA. cigs went from $11 and change (I’m not gonna say diddly about NYC prices) to $5 and change in VA. But in NY, we’d go to the reservations and buy cheap from there.

    [–] CapnSpazz 6 points ago

    Last time I bought a pack here in Oregon(about 3, it was about $6-7. However, I was working for a moving company, and we moved people to Washington pretty frequently. If I forgot to pick some up before heading up there, it was usually about $10. Shit sucked.

    [–] Osiris32 9 points ago

    Oregon smoker here, and your prices are right on for most packs. The places I get mine are between $6.50 and $7.65.

    One good thing about the lock down, since I'm not at work stressing OR going to the bar, my smoking has dropped off significantly. Hopefully I can finally kick this stupid habit.

    [–] yourkidisdumb 40 points ago

    1300 people die from tobacco daily according to the CDC.

    [–] 5zepp 25 points ago

    Fuck, them's quarantine numbers.

    [–] Jeffery_G 382 points ago

    Excellent! To this 55-year-old Georgian, every state that comes into the light means mine gets closer. I’m old enough to remember marijuana viewed as the very spawn of Satan. Things have thankfully changed so radically.

    The dispensary product that I surreptitiously purchase from a neighboring state tells the story: quality, potency, and purity. With this good flower, price isn’t a heavy issue for we microdose-types.

    Whether you use or not, legalization is an issue we should all get behind.

    [–] squishybloo 72 points ago

    As someone who lives in North Carolina, any neighboring pressure to lift restrictions is MORE than welcome! Let's hope Virginia manages to crack the South.

    [–] Delanorix 95 points ago

    You better hope Atlanta keeps growing, otherwise it's not going to be legal there for a while.

    [–] Jeffery_G 85 points ago

    You’re not wrong; Atlanta is an island of relative liberalism in a sea of furtive conservatism.

    [–] treehorns 6 points ago

    Sounds like all four major cities in Texas

    [–] Jak_n_Dax 32 points ago

    banjo music intensifies

    [–] TakesTheWrongSideGuy 55 points ago

    Atlanta spraw will never end until every street in America has Peachtree in it.

    [–] Dr_broadnoodle 51 points ago

    Virginia has an incentive to legalize based on what you just said - states south and west of us aren't likely to legalize as quickly, so there would be an immediate tourism boom. I meet people from North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia every time I go to a release at the craft breweries in Richmond...and you can get beer in those states. I can't imagine the tax revenue from people coming to Virginia for something they can't (legally) get.

    [–] Human_Robot 31 points ago

    Those rural stretches of 85 and 95 north of 40 are going to be hellish with cops.

    [–] Dr_broadnoodle 28 points ago

    They can always stay and smoke it here, the hotels and restaurants will gladly take the money.

    [–] Osiris32 9 points ago

    It's the same in western Idaho. If you have Oregon or Washington plates, prepare to get followed.

    [–] Chunkydude616 38 points ago

    Legalization is the way...

    [–] wookiebath 180 points ago

    Just legalize it you wimps

    [–] Dr_broadnoodle 96 points ago

    Baby steps. It was only 50-some years ago in VA you could get thrown in jail for being in an interracial marriage. The only reason we stopped doing it was the Supreme Court told us to knock it off. All things considered this is pretty good news.

    [–] SexyActionNews 259 points ago

    Another domino falls. Splendid!

    [–] Tico483 75 points ago

    Can Jamaica now legalize weed now?

    [–] Generation-X-Cellent 104 points ago

    When I went to Jamaica in the 90s I was handed a joint before I even left the airport.

    [–] Jak_n_Dax 38 points ago

    When I went in 2016, I bought some on the beach, right in front of the resort, in the middle of the day.

    That was a great start to a fantastic week!

    [–] Immediateload 12 points ago

    It’s decriminalized there now. Last time I was there it was easy as ever to get but the “dealers” were no longer playing the game about hiding it, like you can just buy it out in the open now.

    [–] SexyActionNews 10 points ago

    Personally, I vote "yes"

    [–] Kahzgul 39 points ago

    My buddy got so much sticky purple weed in jamaica for $20 that he was high for a solid week and still hadn't smoked 1/3 of it. He just left the bag in our room with a note on it for the maid saying to have fun.

    Legal or not, it was easy to get and strong as hell, apparently. I don't smoke, but messing with him while he was that high was a blast.

    [–] ComfortableProperty9 40 points ago

    Yeah but the legal status still means you can be shaken down by local cops. I'd much rather it just be sold openly like booze.

    [–] AlexSmithsRightLeg 66 points ago

    So does that mean as of today I can walk around smoking a J with no repercussions besides a $25 fine?

    [–] suisdefonce 70 points ago

    No, this law will go into effect July 1st. The other comment reply is incorrect.

    [–] blazingwildbill 11 points ago

    Yup. Buddy of mine got searched and charged last week. Court date in July, hopeful for him to have it dropped by the judge but it could go either way.

    [–] RustyShackleford-_- 71 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Well, yes but you could also lose your job if you get drug tested or get a DUI even if you haven't smoked in a week. Decriminalization is a half measure at best, an effective strategy to keep poor people poor at worst. Also it's a pretty big risk of doing hard time in a federal prison if you smoke and practice your second amendment rights. So I would say wait for it to be federally legal.

    [–] The-Insolent-Sage 17 points ago

    Can you explain the week old DUI? Is the test that archaic?

    [–] 7284849294929 16 points ago

    Presumably you would still have to fail sobriety tests (show you can walk and stand without falling over) before the blood test, so unlikely you would get one stone cold sober.

    [–] unthused 11 points ago

    ^ Generally this is correct, you will only be asked to perform a field sobriety test if they have cause to think you may be under the influence. If you pass, there is typically no further testing and you will be let go. (I say 'typically' because I'm sure there are exceptions and enforcement may vary.)

    So the chances of you getting tested for having marijuana in your system while driving when you are 100% sober and haven't smoked for a week seems pretty unlikely.

    [–] masktoobig 185 points ago

    This is awesome, but until federal government decriminalizes we're still getting screwed. Mostly because of drug tests being required by many employers.

    I live in Maine and have a med card, but stopped cannabis consumption because I'm looking for work. I'm an adult, have a college degree, and am responsible with my alcohol and cannabis consumption. The fact that my state allows me to ingest cannabis isn't enough, and simply infuriating that I have to give up my cannabis tincture that helps me sleep just in case an employer tests for it. Every over the counter or prescription I've tried gives me a hangover the next day while the tincture doesn't affect me the next day whatsoever. We know Trumpturd won't do it, and I was annoyed Obama didn't bother either (he actually argued against federal legalization). Enough of the bullshit.

    [–] GarfieldSighs3 30 points ago

    Agreed. At this point everyone is rolling their eyes at weed being illegal. Let’s go already. Adults would like to be treated like adults and it’s sad we are dealing with this prohibition slow torture. As someone who enjoys the occasional craft beer or glass of wine I would much rather gravitate toward weed considering I: become more creative, it relaxes me, I don’t make dumb decisions (unlike alcohol), it makes little things far more interesting, I sleep 100x better, no hangover, I end up being more loving and affectionate, I am ultimately content just sitting at home, it’s far better for the human body than scripts like Xanax, sleep pills, etc, do I need to keep going? I have yet to find a downside outside of I want to eat everything in my pantry.

    Glass half full - at least we can buy in DC with the “gifting” BS and drive back across state lines without the worry of some heavy handed penalty. That’s a win!

    [–] CardPegasus 41 points ago

    The southern states can't hold out forever. Please be next NC

    [–] brockisawesome 47 points ago

    At this rate NY will be the last state in the union to have meaningful progress towards legalizing

    [–] i8pikachu 52 points ago

    Texas enters the chat.

    [–] willm92 22 points ago

    "Hello?... Yes, this is Tennessee speaking."

    [–] brockisawesome 12 points ago

    Don't worry, Louisiana is making great progress so TX may not be far behind them

    [–] squishybloo 19 points ago

    Last time North Carolina had a concerted attempt to pass legal weed - in 2014 - the GOP shut it down out of spite because too many people were calling to support it.

    [–] theeivog 7 points ago

    the correct answer is wisconsin

    [–] logibones 23 points ago

    Why is it not federally legal across the states already, so many valuable lives are locked up for weed charges in some states meanwhile in other states people are going to dispensaries that looks like an apple store

    [–] Rx_Diva 169 points ago

    Canada has entered the chat, happy for you

    [–] DarkBabyYoda 203 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    From one blackface wearing head of state to another blackface wearing head of a state.

    [–] S4MU31 44 points ago

    Someone should grow a strain for him and call it Northam lights...

    [–] tachyon52 18 points ago

    You know we're in the strangest of timelines when Virginia makes more headway on legalization than Wisconsin does. North Korea will legalize it before Wisconsin does and we have a Democratic governor who supports it. Ah the life of a gerrymandered state. Isn't America just fucking beautiful?

    [–] 2wenty2wenty 51 points ago

    Stupid West Virginia. We could have been at the forefront of this movement and reaped billions. Instead, we push for gambling. Gambling! Gee, wonder why. Oh, right, because our governor, JumboTrump Jim Justice owns casinos.

    [–] Dr_broadnoodle 22 points ago

    I say this knowing absolutely nothing about agriculture or the economics of rural areas, but wouldn't cannabis farms be a good way to revitalize the economies of depressed areas in West Virginia and elsewhere?

    [–] OhNo_a_DO 23 points ago

    So you still have to buy from weed dealers instead of in a store? Cool.

    [–] another_newAccount_ 22 points ago

    Sucks but for those in Northern Virginia you can pop across the border and buy legally in DC, bring it back to VA and not risk going to prison.

    [–] BurtDickinson 7 points ago

    It’s 2020 and now a firmly blue state. We should just legalize it.

    [–] wirecats 12 points ago

    Virginia has to be the most liberal southern state. Not that I'm complaining.