Driver's license; marijuana possession. (SB613)

Introduced By

Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driver's license; marijuana possession. Revises the existing provision that a person loses his driver's license for six months when convicted of or placed on deferred disposition for a drug offense to provide that the provision does not apply to simple possession of marijuana. The exception applies only to adults; juveniles will still be subject to license suspension. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon the Governor's certifying, in accordance with federal law, to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation that the Governor is opposed and that the General Assembly has adopted a resolution stating its opposition to a law requiring a six-month driver's license suspension or revocation upon a person's conviction for a drug offense and written assurance from the U.S. Department of Transportation that Virginia will not lose any federal funds as a result of implementation of the bill. Read the Bill »


02/03/2016: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/13/2016Presented and ordered printed 16103414D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/20/2016Rereferred from Transportation (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2016Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/26/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB613)
02/03/2016Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB327-Ebbin) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill.