Delegate Lee J. Carter ((D-Manassas) who describes himself as a socialist is considering a run for Governor next year.
Not only does Del. Carter support Governor Northam’s plan to legalize marijuana in the commonwealth but he has plans for the approximately $300 million in tax revenue that could come from its legalization. The money would be used to fund reparations for Black and Indigenous communities. (California is considering a similar plan.)
“Throughout history, there has always been a class of people, largely defined by race, put in an economic disadvantage,” he said, citing the country’s treatment of Native Americans, the horrors of slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed. “If we want an equal society, we have to act to bring those people where they would have been if those disadvantages didn’t exist.”
Nobody is going to lose out on anything,” the delegate representing Manassas told 8News. “Virginia can set a new model for the rest of the states and spur action from the federal government. We can stop waiting for the national conversation to change and take the first step.”