Alexandria, Va – Senator Adam Ebbin – candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District – today received the endorsement of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws and its state affiliate, Virginia NORML.
“NORML PAC believes strongly that Senator Ebbin has the tenacity, coalition building skills, and political acumen required to help end our country’s destructive prohibition of marijuana,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri. “Outgoing Congressman Jim Moran has a long history of supporting important marijuana law reform proposals at the federal level, and Adam Ebbin is a proven and effective leader who will carry on that important legacy and move us further in rolling back the damage marijuana prohibition is having on families and communities across the nation.”
“I have a record of supporting decriminalization and, like President Obama, do not believe that the effects of marijuana are more harmful than alcohol,” Senator Ebbin said. “For more than a decade, I’ve been fighting for progressive causes in the General Assembly. In Virginia, marijuana related arrests make up over 50% of all drug related arrests, costing the state over $67 million. We must focus our time and resources on job creation, clean energy, healthcare, education, and our economy. I look forward to continuing my work for our shared progressive values as the next member of Congress from the 8th District.”
“Virginia NORML realizes that any federal cannabis policy reform will act as a powerful catalyst for changing our state laws,” commented Virginia NORML Communications Director Duane Ludwig, “We are excited to endorse Adam Ebbin for Congress because he will be a bold, progressive advocate for fair and reasonable cannabis policy.”
In Virginia, more than 4 out of 5 residents support the legalization of medical marijuana, and a majority support decriminalization. A recent poll revealed that in Northern Virginia, where the 8th Congressional District is located, over 50% of residents support fully legalizing and regulating marijuana. Senator Ebbin currently represents 36% of voters most likely to vote in the Virginia 8th Democratic primary and is strongly positioned to win in the June 10th Democratic primary.
Local Democratic officials are also uniting behind Ebbin’s candidacy. He has won the endorsements of former state Senator Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), Delegate Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax) and state Senators Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax), and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax).
Virginia Senator Adam P. Ebbin took office in January 2012 after serving for eight years in the House of Delegates and is the co-chair of the General Assembly’s Progressive Caucus. He is running to represent Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, and portions of Fairfax County in the United States House of Representatives.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28th, 2014
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