West Virginia Activists Are Collecting Signatures To Put Marijuana Decriminalization Measures On Local Ballots

West Virginia Activists Are Collecting Signatures To Put Marijuana Decriminalization Measures On Local Ballots
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West Virginia activists are pursuing a pair of local marijuana decriminalization initiatives for the November ballot, including in the state capital of Charleston. While the progressive organization West Virginia Can’t Wait typically works on electoral politics by supporting candidates who embrace policies that align with its mission, the group’s field director Sarah Hutson told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview that the group “became aware of, in the past year or so, this option to run municipal ballot measures within the state of West Virginia.” So activists have turned their attention to cannabis reform, crafting and qualifying petitions to place decriminalization initiatives on local ballots in Charleston and Fairmont for the November election. The initiatives wouldn’t fully remove marijuana bans from city statutes. It would still be considered a misdemeanor offense to possess limited amounts of cannabis, but there would be “no fees for it, no jail time and no court fees.” The plan is to turn in signatures by mid-July for the first two target cities, Hutson said, though she added that organizers may work to qualify cannabis measures in additional West Virginia municipalities in future elections. “The response has been great,” she said. “The average, I think, is if you ask 50 people to sign, like 49 are going to say yes. And one person out of those 50 might say no.” So far, the campaign has collected more than 1,000 signatures in Charleston, meaning they’re about halfway there to qualifying. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon…

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