Virginia: Both Chambers Pass Decriminalization Legislation

Virginia: Both Chambers Pass Decriminalization Legislation

House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 972, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 64 to 34, reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. Senate Bill 2, which passed the Senate by a vote of 27 to 13, reduces penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a $50 fine. It is anticipated that the two competing bills will be…

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