Marijuana bills die in House of Delegates subcommittee

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Virginians who support reform of the state's marijuana laws were hoping 2019 would be a productive year in the General Assembly.

But that momentum stalled on Wednesday, when a House of Delegates subcommittee killed most of the significant marijuana legislation introduced in the House this year.

Supporters of marijuana reform have had some success in the General Assembly, including recent legislation that expanded the use of cannabis oil for medical treatments.

They were disappointed by Wednesday's vote.

Katie Clifton is a Roanoke acupuncturist, and Virginia Board Member for NORML, an organization that advocates for the reform of marijuana laws across the country.

"We weren't really surprised by that," Clifton told WDBJ7 in an interview Thursday, "but we are very frustrated that the General Assembly is not listening to what the majority of voters are saying about marijuana legislation."

Clifton said public education and advocacy will continue, with a screening of the documentary 'Weed the People,' later this month at the Grandin Theatre, and more lobbying in Richmond.

"We're going to continue to educate legislators on the efficacy of marijuana as a medicine and how important decriminalization is," Clifton said, "and we are also going to really get out and get out the vote."