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Marijuana reform advocates split on legalization

House Bill 1507 would exclude marijuana from a list of controlled substances that are illegal to possess.

RICHMOND, Va. — Advocates dressed in black stood Wednesday at the base of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial to voice their support of marijuana legalization, repeating a variation of, “the time is now,” in each of their statements. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, along with Marijuana Justice and RISE for Youth, a campaign committed to promoting alternatives to youth incarceration, held a press conference promoting House Bill 1507, patroned by Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William. 

The bill wants to exclude marijuana from a list of controlled substances that are illegal to possess.

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