Marijuana and certain traffic infractions; possession, issuing citations. (SB5029)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Issuing citations; possession of marijuana and certain traffic infractions. Changes from primary offenses to secondary offenses the possession of marijuana and the traffic infractions of operating a motor vehicle (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (iii) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (iv) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle. A secondary offense is one for which a summons can only be issued if the offender is stopped for another, separate offense. The bill also provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully search or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana and no evidence discovered or obtained as a result of such unlawful search or seizure shall be admissible in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding. Read the Bill »


09/25/2020: Passed the House


08/13/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200057D
08/13/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
08/18/2020Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/18/2020Rereferred to Judiciary
08/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5029)
08/20/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
08/20/2020Committee substitute printed 20200915D-S1
08/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5029S1)
08/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (34-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/27/2020Read second time
08/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
08/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20200915D-S1
08/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB5029S1
08/28/2020Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (33-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
08/28/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
09/17/2020Placed on Calendar
09/17/2020Read first time
09/17/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
09/22/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
09/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20201242D-H1
09/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5029H1)
09/24/2020Read second time
09/25/2020Read third time
09/25/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20201242D-H1
09/25/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB5029H1
09/25/2020Passed House with substitute (51-Y 45-N)

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