Cancer; possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. (SB343)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes; cancer. Provides an affirmative defense in a prosecution for the possession of marijuana if the marijuana is in the form of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil possessed pursuant to a valid written certification issued by a practitioner of medicine or osteopathy licensed by the Board of Medicine for purposes of treating cancer or alleviating such patient's symptoms. The bill provides that a practitioner shall not be prosecuted for distribution of marijuana under the circumstances outlined in the bill. Amends § 18.2-250.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100663D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2016Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2016Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/03/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/09/2016Passed by temporarily
02/09/2016Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Placed on Calendar
02/11/2016Read first time
02/11/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2016Assigned App. sub: Criminal Law
02/16/2016Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/22/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/08/2016Left in Courts of Justice

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

THE SENATOR FROM NEWPORT NEWS, SENATOR MILL.

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THE BILL BE ENGROSSED AND ADVANCED TO THE THIRD READING.

[Unknown]: THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE BILL BE ENGROSSED AND ADVANCED TO THE THIRD READING. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS ENGROSSED AND ADVANCED TO THE THIRD READING.

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News): SENATE BILL 343, A BILL RELATING TO POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES; CANCER.

[Unknown]: REPORTED FROM THE INITY YAO HE FOR COURTS OF JUSTICE.


Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria): SENATE BILL 438 PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE MEASURE.

[Unknown]: SENATOR, I'M SORRY, WE JUMP AHEAD OF OUR CLERK HERE, SO MADAM CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria): IF WE COULD RETURN TO SENATE BILL 343, A BILL RELATING TO POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES, CANCER.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR FROM PORTSMOUTH, SENATOR LUCAS.

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. A SIMILAR BILL PASSED THIS BODY LAST YEAR AND IT WAS DEALING WITH THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY, SO THIS YEAR, WHAT SENATE BILL 343 DOES IS IT PROVIDES AN AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE IN THE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA IN THE FORM OF CAN'T BIN IDENTIFIED OIL OR THC OIL POSSESSED PURSUANT TO VALID WRITTEN CERT CAD ISSUE BY A PRACTITIONER OF MEDICINE LICENSED BY THE BOARD OF MEDICINE FOR PURPOSES OF TREATING CANCER OR ALEVATING SUCH PATIENT'S SYMPTOMS. THE BILL PROVIDES THAT A PRACTITIONER SHALL NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES OUTLINED UNDER THIS BILL, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 343 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL