Two tiny marijuana seedlings poke out of the soil in pots outside of Patrick Fritz’s home in Broadway. For him, they represent more than just relaxation – both the act of growing and smoking marijuana have been deeply healing.
Decriminalization of marijuana possession won’t necessarily affect those already caught up in the system
Simple possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is set to be decriminalized in Virginia on July 1. But that won’t prevent Harrisonburg resident Christopher Jones, a cook at O’Neill’s Grill, from being sent to jail later that month if it’s what the prosecutor seeks.
The Citizen has interviewed both candidates contesting this seat – Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and his challenger Democrat Brent Finnegan – about some of the key issues in the race. We are publishing their responses to our questions in three parts. This is the second; the final will run tomorrow.
Ben Cline spent part of December reaching out to his new constituents, starting with the four communities he lost in November as the longtime Republican state delegate from Lexington prepared to go to Congress. But the Washington experience, which officially begins with his swearing in Thursday, will likely get tougher for Cline as he enters the minority party caucus in a divided Congress and amid a government shutdown.