Marijuana and certain traffic offenses; issuing citations. (HB79)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Issuing citations; marijuana and certain traffic offenses. Removes the provisions that provide that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a motor vehicle for operating (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) with defective and unsafe equipment, (iii) without brake lights or a high mount stop light, (iv) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (v) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (vi) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle, and the accompanying the exclusionary provisions. The bill also repeals the provision that provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop, search, or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana and that 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 »


01/04/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/04/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102406D
01/04/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB79)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1030.


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would repeal the prohibitions enacted last year on police use of minor traffic infractions and the smell of marijuana as excuses to stop and ask to search cars. The law was changed to eliminate unnecessary interactions between police and the public and address the reality that these kinds of stops were disproportionately being made on Black and Brown people.

Daniel Mayben writes:

Please vote no on this. You know it’s the right thing to do. Don’t set VA back.

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