Marijuana; loss of driving privilege if convicted for possession in a motor vehicle. (HB180)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nexus between possession of marijuana and loss of driving privilege.  Provides that the sanction of loss of driving privilege for simple possession of marijuana shall apply only when the person convicted or given deferred disposition possesses marijuana in a motor vehicle. Currently, a person loses his driving privilege for six months without respect to where the possession took place. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100099D
01/07/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/20/2010Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/22/2010Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice


robert legge writes:

I am surprised to learn of this. Have I got this straight? A person caught with a joint can lose their driver's license for 6 months? You shouldn't even lose your license for 6 months even if it is found in your car. You should only lose it if you are found to be under the influence. But this is perhaps a start.