Legislation passed this spring decriminalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and seals the records of past convictions from public view.
“It is a positive sign that after years of heightened enforcement, we’re now seeing a downward trend in marijuana-related arrests in Virginia.
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam officially signed legislation today decriminalizing marijuana possession. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record.
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Gov Northam has approved legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession offenses and provide explicit legal protection to the state’s medical cannabis program participants. The new laws will take effect July 1, 2020.
Both chambers voted to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical cannabis, and study a regulatory framework for adult-use
“Long overdue progress is finally being made in the General Assembly thanks to many years of dedicated advocacy by Virginia NORML members.”
“[This vote] marks the first time the House Courts of Justice Committee has approved a decriminalization bill.”