Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring would like his state to become the latest to move toward marijuana legalization. Herring, a Democrat serving in his second term as Virginia AG and who intends to run for governor of the state in 2021, made his position known in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Virginians know we can do better. It’s time to move toward legal, regulated adult use,” Herring wrote.
The tweet was accompanied by a link to a news story about a poll showing rising support for legalization in the commonwealth.
The survey, conducted earlier this month by the University of Mary Washington, found that 61 percent of Virginians support legalization marijuana for recreational use—up from 39 percent when the school polled the same question only two years ago.
Herring could be telegraphing a major campaign position for his upcoming gubernatorial run—unless the state’s general assembly, which is currently controlled by Republicans, takes up legalization before then. Steve Heretick, a Democrat in Virginia’s house of delegates, said that he intends to file legislation to legalize cannabis next year.
This is Not a New Stance For Herring
Herring had already voiced his support for decriminalizing marijuana. In an op-ed published in June, Herring