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Activists Lobbying Va. Lawmakers to Decriminalize Marijuana

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RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) -

Some activists are focusing their efforts on getting the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia.

The Virginia Chapter of NORML - the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - is hoping to see movement on what they view to be social justice issues.

According to their research, African Americans are arrested on marijuana possession charges more often than other racial groups.

Lobbyists with NORML met with lawmakers this week to try and advance their legislative goal.

"There's certainly bipartisan support among constituents. It's just our legislators haven't quite figured that out yet, although they do seem to be getting the message," said Pamela Novy, executive director Virginia NORML

The group is also supporting measures that would allow some Virginians convicted of marijuana possession to have their record cleared after a period of time.