Virginia Lawmakers Send New Marijuana Bills To Governor’s Desk

Virginia Lawmakers Send New Marijuana Bills To Governor’s Desk

Months after Virginia’s governor signed a new law decriminalizing possession of marijuana in the state, lawmakers are sending him additional cannabis reform bills to expand on that policy. On Friday, the House of Delegates and Senate approved final versions of legislation to make it so that police may not “stop, search, or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana.” Differing House and Senate versions of legislation were made identical and now head to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam (D). NEW: @SenLouiseLucas' SB 5029 to put a rein on pretextual policing and prevent police from searching your car using the excuse that they smell marijuana passed the Virginia General Assembly. Now, it's @GovernorVA's turn to sign it into law. https://t.co/3gVK3rLxKY — ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) October 2, 2020 That’s not the only cannabis reform proposal to advance during the current special legislative session. The governor has also been sent a bill to give people who are issued a summons for cannabis possession under the new decriminalization law the option of prepaying the civil penalty instead of having to go to court. Meanwhile, legislation to facilitate the expungement of prior convictions, including for marijuana and other drugs, is also advancing through the legislature. The House proposal on the issue would automatically expunge records after a period of eight years, whereas the Senate’s version would allow people to petition for expungement after a period of five years. The House bill covers more drug crimes,…

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