State Sen. Adam Ebbin wants to change Virginia’s strict marijuana laws. He prefiled a bill in October to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession to a civil violation and fine rather than a drug crime with the related penalties and stigmas.

A new poll suggests that a majority of Virginians stand behind Ebbin in his goal.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released results on Tuesday from a January survey asking how Virginians feel about marijuana reform issues. Strong majorities indicated support for medical marijuana for the seriously ill and removing criminal penalties related to marijuana for personal use. Full marijuana legalization received less than majority support, but more than those in opposition with 49%.

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