Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, penalty. (SB815)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. 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 apply only to criminal violations or civil violations by a juvenile, and the driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations. 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. This bill was incorporated into SB 2. Read the Bill »


01/29/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103848D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/16/2020Assigned Juciciary sub: Criminal Law
01/16/2020Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
01/29/2020Incorporated by Judiciary (SB2-Ebbin) (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)