Attorney General Mark Herring

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) addresses a roundtable in Leesburg in 2018.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is calling for the legalization of marijuana.

Herring said Saturday that Virginia should start decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually legalize the drug.

The Democratic attorney general said criminal prosecutions are costly to the state and local governments and disproportionately affect African Americans.

Herring made the remarks in an op-ed in the Daily Press and in comments to reporters at a Democratic fundraiser in Richmond.

Herring’s announcement won’t have any practical impact on marijuana prosecutions, which are typically handled at the local level. But Herring said he hopes his public support for legalization will help spur lawmakers to act.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly has killed past efforts to decriminalize marijuana.

(35) comments

ace10

I see that the Sorosbot is at it again. And looks to have picked up a sidekick.

amerigirl

[offtopic]Do you haven anything to say about the article? Most of your post are nothing more than trying to be the biggest bully on the block.

CindyLou

Only the right want him to resign. Notice....all Trump supporters! Well get this all you radical right cult members......all news on Herring is fake news!!!!! HA!

loudounwatcher

With a knife in one fist and a fork in the other, the AG demands lunch. Quick, bring him a salad. Croutons, too.

amerigirl

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ace10

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romano

Herring is a racist disgrace, but even more disgraceful are those Democrats that have turned the other cheek and allowed him to remain in office. but nothing new there

amerigirl

Along with the NAAOP who realize that was then and this is now.

ace10

I call for Herring to resign. The Commonwealth deserves better than this racist jerk.

amerigirl

Keep calling, it isn't going to work. Why do you think he is racist? I've seen just the opposite from all his years in public service. Are you basing it on his impersonation of someone he liked? Sad sad sad if that all you got.

ace10

Thank you so very much for Klansplaining this to me. If you are tolerant of it, then you are no better than him.

amerigirl

ace, give me just 1, one (1) example where Herring took any action where he tried to disparage people of color, please just 1, one (1). Him impersonating someone was not considered to be disparaging at the decade that happened in.

tolerantleft

What does this statement mean, "disproportionately affect African Americans"? Herring's comment in racist. Does he mean AA smoke more weed? Wow! The racism of soft bigotry. Herring has to go!

RoundHill_also

Let me help: rich white boys get a slap on the wrist for the same amount of pot that throws a black kid in jail for 10 yrs...but I'm sure you already knew that.

tolerantleft

"rich white boys" sounds like you're a bit racist too

CindyLou

Perfect!!! This county needs to chill....BIG TIME! A few hits off an e-cig with Indica should relax everyone....even those nasty Trump supporters!!!! HA!

romano

Herring doing his best to bring Occupy Wall St slackers to VA. Brought to you by today's lethargic underwhelming Democrat party

amerigirl

[offtopic] got any facts or is this just part of your smear campaign?

More Cowbell

Why hasn't he resigned? Double standards....Shocked he just doesn't let every criminal walk free, give them all a do over.

amerigirl

Why should he resign? Who has he let walk free? Do you think pot is more intoxicating than alcohol? Neither should be on the road but both should be available at home if desired. The income from tax dollars would be a plus.

WesternSky

When he's done with this, perhaps he can focus on changing slapping people with 5 points for going 81

Locojrt

What was the speed limit when youwere going 81! Leesburg has THE worst drivers in the world! Signals are at the driver's discretion, as is speeding...signs are but a mere "suggestion". You should have had your license yanked...don't you have cruise control?

amerigirl

What has he done? Too much bluster no facts.

amerigirl

81???? Wasn't that reckless driving? Safety first, there are others on the road too.

Qwertyuiop

It’s about time.

Sittingon15

What is going on with us both locally and state-wide? Is this really the best we can do for AG, from either party? He should go into his office, shut his door and stay quiet. I know he’s in love with the TV cameras but he would really do himself and us a favor if he could keep nonsense like this to himself.

amerigirl

Hot air, no facts. What makes you think he is in love with the cameras? Would you suggest that he not report what the state is doing so he could avoid them?

RoundHill_also

Legal growing in Loudoun would be great for small family farmers. Loudoun could use another rev stream and build on the tourism already coming out on the weekends. Cattle and corn aren't profitable on anything under 50 ac., the vineyards are going to be wiped out with climate change, and breweries stand a chance..but the market is saturated... Why miss out on the revenue when its only a matter of time - Full legalization now!

workhardgetahead

Climate Change, brought to you by the Socialist/Communist of America.

amerigirl

[offtopic] You don't seem to much on the subject, you might want to remain silent, since most of the world disagrees with you and has facts to prove their point.

RoundHill_also

ROFL! Do me a favor - write that down, put it in an envelope and seal it for your grandkids to open 30rys from now so they can laugh at the imbecile they are descended from.

Chris McHale

Finally something I can agree with him on.

David Dickinson

As if Herring isn't dopey enough....

Loudoun4Trump

this guy approves of the hippy lettuce but wants to ban the synthetic marijuana spice that is/was legal...I guess magic mushrooms will be coming next with this guy...

amerigirl

Hippy lettuce, common you can do better than that. marijuana would be regulated, spice on the other hand is only illegal if it has any of the 10 certain chemicals often used in the mixture. They are dangerous enough that the DEA also banned 5 of them.

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