Drug Policy

Drugs like cocaine and morphine were once available in over-the-counter medicines and tonics often in mixtures with alcohol.  Federal regulation beginning early in the 20th century quickly led to prohibition of most uses of opiates and hard drugs followed by the criminalization of marijuana in 1937 and hallucinogenic drugs like LSD in the 1960s.  The United States also joined international treaties, and during the administration of President Richard Nixon, launched the so-called War on Drugs which continues today combining demand reduction through education and prosecution with supply reduction through police action.  There is, however, a movement favoring drug decriminalization or legalization citing budgetary and social costs and advocating treating drug addiction as a medical rather than a criminal problem.  The platform of the Libertarian Party favors the repeal of drug laws as a matter of personal privacy. Complicating the debate and challenging federal authority is the growing availability of medical marijuana.  By 2012 15 states and the District of Columbia approved some form of cannabis program for medical conditions with pending legislation in another dozen states and ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana in several more.

 

Related Legislation

SB 592 Tramadol

Tramadol added to list of Schedule IV controlled substances. Adds tramadol, an opiate painkiller, to the list of Schedule… more »

SB 574 Forfeited drug assets

Redirection of forfeited drug assets to construction of Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial. Provides that between July… more »
 

SB 558 Forfeited drug assets

Redirection of forfeited drug assets to construction of Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial. Provides that between July… more »

SB 552 Eligibilty for TANF

Eligibility for TANF; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive Temporary Assistance… more »
 

SB 467 Smoking

Smoking; prohibition on the grounds of public elementary, intermediate, and secondary schools.  Expands the prohibition… more »

SB 408 Alcoholic beverage control

Alcoholic beverage control; outdoor advertising. Provides that all outdoor alcoholic beverage signs and advertising by ABC… more »
 
 
 
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Virginia (change)

 
Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
 
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek