CHARLESTON — Citing disappointment with last year’s medical marijuana bill and the potential economic boon for West Virginia, two Hinton residents joined a crowd of roughly 50 on the Capitol steps rallying Wednesday for the legalization of marijuana.
Chris and Torula Chanlett traveled an hour and a half from their home to support the cause on the first day of the 2018 Legislative session.
Torula said if recreational marijuana were legal in West Virginia, the state could become “the Colorado of the East.”
“We could really turn this economy around,” she said. “We are in a death spiral with coal, and even with the gas industry. It’s just not gonna last.”
Chris said marijuana could help save the economy of small farms.
“We need a system that supports them. If small farmers were able to grow this crop, it would attract thousands of young people to West Virginia. It would be exactly what we need.”
But time is of the essence, they said.
“Within a decade it’s going to be legalized,” Chris said. “The problem