Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, civil penalty. (SB111)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

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

Description

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violation. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions and driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a juvenile. The bill provides that a court may suspend a driver's license for a civil violation committed by an adult. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit. Amends § 16.1-260, § 18.2-250.1, § 18.2-251, § 18.2-252, § 18.2-259.1, § 18.2-308.1:5, § 46.2-390.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

12/15/2017: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee

History

  • 12/15/2017 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101142D
  • 12/15/2017 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

Comments

ACLU of Virginia writes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports decriminalizing the possession of marijuana as a first step toward legalization of recreational use. We strongly support this bill.

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