Marijuana; reduces penalties for possession to a fine of not more than $500. (SB954)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of marijuana; first offense; expungement; penalty. Reduces the penalties for possession of marijuana to a fine of not more than $500 and makes a first offense violation that has been deferred and dismissed under § 18.2-251 eligible for expungement. Under current law, possession of marijuana is punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days and a fine of not more than $500, either or both. The bill provides that any person seeking expungement of such first offense violation shall be assessed a $300 fee, of which $150 shall be paid into the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic Fund, created by the bill, and $150 shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Department of State Police. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019, except for the provisions related to the reduction of penalties for possession of marijuana, which shall become effective July 1, 2018. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon funding in a general appropriation act. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105334D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Committee substitute printed 18106134D-S1
01/29/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB954S1)
02/07/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Committee substitute printed 18106890D-S2
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Passed by for the day
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB954S2)
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute rejected 18106134D-S1
02/12/2018Committee substitute rejected 18106890D-S2
02/12/2018Floor substitute printed 18107006D-S3 (Norment)
02/12/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2018Substitute by Senator Norment agreed to 18107006D-S3
02/12/2018Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB954S3
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/20/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB954S3)
02/22/2018Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
03/02/2018Referred from Appropriations
03/02/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/02/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
03/05/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (7-Y 1-N)
03/06/2018Left in Courts of Justice