Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, penalty. (HB2079)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)

Progress

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

Description

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Decriminalizes 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. Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one-half ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use and provides that the existing suspended sentence and substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a minor. The bill decreases the penalty for distribution or possession with intent to sell more than one-half but not more than five pounds of marijuana from a Class 5 felony to a Class 6 felony. Amends § 16.1-260, § 18.2-248.1, § 18.2-250.1, § 18.2-251, § 18.2-252, § 18.2-259.1, § 18.2-287.2, § 18.2-460, § 19.2-386.22, § 46.2-390.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/16/2019: Subcommittee Recommends Killing the Bill

History

DateAction
01/07/2019Committee
01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100101D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)

Comments

Tim Greene writes:

Pass this bill and give it to the Govenor to sign. This is long over due.

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