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Virginia Laws and Programs

  • By: Sarah Boslaugh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Virginia's Midatlantic location on Interstate 95 places it directly on the route between two major centers of illegal drug importation: Miami, Florida, and New York City. The state's large numbers of rural areas also provide many opportunities for local production including marijuana and methamphetamine. Cocaine and crack cocaine are widely available throughout the state and the violence associated with the crack trade is a major concern of law enforcement officials. Heroin is a particular problem in the area around Richmond (the state capital) and in the Tidewater area (most of the land east of I-95).

Marijuana is widely available and methamphetamine is used particularly in the Shenandoah Valley region (the Western edge of the state, bordering on West Virginia). MDMA (ecstasy) is the most popular club ...

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