Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession. (HB1443)

Introduced By

Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana.  Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession. The bill does not legalize marijuana possession but changes the current $500 criminal fine for simple marijuana possession to a $500 civil penalty, eliminates the 30-day jail sentence, and eliminates the criminal conviction record that would follow a conviction for simple possession. The civil penalties collected would be payable to the Literary Fund. The bill changes none of the penalties for manufacture or distribution of marijuana. The bill continues to require forfeiture of the driver's license and drug screening and education for any minor found to have committed the violation of possession of marijuana and maintains all existing sanctions for all criminal violations involving marijuana. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/15/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100220D
11/15/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/14/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/17/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1443)
01/17/2011Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/08/2011Left in Courts of Justice


Pappy R writes:

Tip of the Hat to you, Mr Morgan. Perhaps someday your associates in the GA will be overcome with reasonable thinking also.
How are your associates in the General Assembly living with themselves? Wait till one of them has a family memeber that gets a criminal record for smoking. Maybe then, you will have more voices and will be heard.
Our Prayers are with you Sir.

Editor’s Pick
Rick Sincere writes:

The subcommittee members are:

Rob Bell, chairman; Dave Albo, Ben Cline, Todd Gilbert, Jackson Miller, Ronald Villanueva (all Rs) and Vivian Watts, Charniele Herring, and Ward Armstrong (Ds). Armstrong was absent when the vote was taken.

Editor’s Pick
Rick Sincere writes:

Here's a report on what happened on Monday in the criminal law subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee:

It includes excerpts from an interview with Delegate Morgan.