Marijuana; possession or distribution for medical purposes, affirmative defense for treatment. (SB841)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), and Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes; affirmative defense for treatment of certain conditions. Provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marijuana if a person has a valid written certification issued by a practitioner for cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for treatment of, or to alleviate the symptoms of, cancer, human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, Tourette syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, or complex regional pain syndrome. Under current law, only the treatment of intractable epilepsy is covered by the affirmative defense. Read the Bill »


11/17/2016: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


11/17/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101036D
11/17/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2017Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)