VA HB2312 | 2021 | 1st Special Session

Note: Carry Over of previous HB2312


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 25-0)
Status: Passed on April 7 2021 - 100% progression
Action: 2021-04-07 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0551)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and imposes limits on dissemination of criminal history record information related to certain marijuana offenses. The bill creates the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (the Authority), the Cannabis Oversight Commission, the Cannabis Public Health Advisory Council, the Cannabis Equity Reinvestment Board and Fund, and the Virginia Cannabis Equity Business Loan Program and Fund and establishes a regulatory and licensing structure for the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, and retail sale of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products, to be administered by the Authority. The bill contains social equity provisions that, among other things, provide support and resources to persons and communities that have been historically and disproportionately affected by drug enforcement. The bill has staggered effective dates, and numerous provisions of the bill are subject to reenactment by the 2022 Session of the General Assembly.

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Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, etc.


Roll Calls

2021-04-07 - Senate - Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (20-Y 20-N) (Y: 20 N: 20 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2021-04-07 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (53-Y 44-N 2-A) (Y: 53 N: 44 NV: 2 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (20-Y 19-N) (Y: 20 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-27 - House - House: VOTE: Agreed To (48-Y 43-N 2-A) (Y: 48 N: 43 NV: 2 Abs: 7) [PASS]
2021-02-19 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-02-18 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 99-N 1-A) (Y: 0 N: 99 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2021-02-16 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 16-N) (Y: 23 N: 16 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-15 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-12 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 3-N) (Y: 13 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-12 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (8-Y 6-N) (Y: 8 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-05 - Senate - Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (Y: 14 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-05 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 42-N 2-A) (Y: 55 N: 42 NV: 2 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-02-03 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations (14-Y 7-N) (Y: 14 N: 7 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-31 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (Y: 13 N: 8 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-30 - House - House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (Y: 14 N: 6 NV: 1 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-01-30 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N) (Y: 6 N: 1 NV: 1 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2021-04-07 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0551)
2021-04-07HouseEnacted, Chapter 551 (effective - see bill)
2021-04-07SenateSigned by President as reenrolled
2021-04-07HouseSigned by Speaker as reenrolled
2021-04-07HouseReenrolled bill text (HB2312ER2)
2021-04-07 Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
2021-04-07SenateChair votes Yea
2021-04-07SenateSenate concurred in Governor's recommendation (20-Y 20-N)
2021-04-07HouseVOTE: Adoption (53-Y 44-N 2-A)
2021-04-07HouseHouse concurred in Governor's recommendation (53-Y 44-N 2-A)
2021-04-07HousePending question ordered
2021-04-07HousePlaced on Calendar
2021-03-31HouseGovernor's recommendation received by House
2021-03-31HouseGovernor's substitute printed 21200898D-H4
2021-03-15 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
2021-03-15HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
2021-03-11HouseSigned by Speaker
2021-03-09HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB2312ER)
2021-03-09SenateSigned by President
2021-02-27SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (20-Y 19-N)
2021-02-27HouseVOTE: Agreed To (48-Y 43-N 2-A)
2021-02-27HouseConference report agreed to by House (48-Y 43-N 2-A)
2021-02-27HousePending question ordered
2021-02-27SenatePassed by temporarily
2021-02-27HouseConference substitute printed 21200441D-H3
2021-02-27 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2021-02-19SenateSenators: Ebbin, Lucas, McPike, Surovell, Dunnavant
2021-02-19SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2021-02-19HouseDelegates: Herring, Mullin, Torian, Bagby, Knight
2021-02-19HouseConferees appointed by House
2021-02-19HouseHouse acceded to request
2021-02-19SenateSenate requested conference committee
2021-02-19SenateSenate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N)
2021-02-18HouseVOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N 1-A)
2021-02-18HouseSenate substitute rejected by House 21200016D-S1 (0-Y 99-N 1-A)
2021-02-18HousePlaced on Calendar
2021-02-16SenatePassed Senate with substitute (23-Y 16-N)
2021-02-16SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2312S1
2021-02-16SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 21200016D-S1
2021-02-16SenateReading of substitute waived
2021-02-16SenateRead third time
2021-02-15SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2021-02-12SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 3-N)
2021-02-12SenateCommittee substitute printed 21200016D-S1
2021-02-12SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2021-02-12SenateReported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (8-Y 6-N)
2021-02-05SenateContinued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
2021-02-05SenateReferred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
2021-02-05SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2021-02-05HouseVOTE: Passage (55-Y 42-N 2-A)
2021-02-05HouseRead third time and passed House (55-Y 42-N 2-A)
2021-02-05HousePending question ordered
2021-02-04HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB2312H2
2021-02-04HouseCommittee Courts of Justice substitute agreed to 21104248D-H2
2021-02-04HouseCommittee on General Laws substitute rejected 21104236D-H1
2021-02-04HouseRead second time
2021-02-03HouseRead first time
2021-02-03HouseReported from Appropriations (14-Y 7-N)
2021-01-31HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2021-01-31HouseCommittee substitute printed 21104248D-H2
2021-01-31HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 8-N)
2021-01-30HouseIncorporates HB 1815 (Heretick)
2021-01-30HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2021-01-30HouseCommittee substitute printed 21104236D-H1
2021-01-30HouseReported from General Laws with substitute (14-Y 6-N)
2021-01-30HouseSubcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
2021-01-30HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
2021-01-25HouseAssigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
2021-01-20HouseReferred to Committee on General Laws
2021-01-20HousePresented and ordered printed 21101659D

Same As/Similar To

HB1815 (Similar To)
HB1815 (Similar To)
HB2312 (Carry Over) 2021-02-05 - Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
SB1406 (Same As) 2021-04-07 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0550)
SB1406 (Same As) 2021-04-07 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0550)


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
1521627(n/a)See Bill Text
1522288.3(n/a)See Bill Text
1522288.3:1(n/a)See Bill Text
1522288.3:2(n/a)See Bill Text
1522820(n/a)See Bill Text
161228(n/a)See Bill Text
161260(n/a)See Bill Text
161273(n/a)See Bill Text
161278.8:01(n/a)See Bill Text
161278.9(n/a)See Bill Text
16169.40:1(n/a)See Bill Text
16169.48:1(n/a)See Bill Text
171276(n/a)See Bill Text
182246.6(n/a)See Bill Text
182247(n/a)See Bill Text
182248(n/a)See Bill Text
182248.01(n/a)See Bill Text
182248.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182250.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182251(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.02(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.03(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.1:1(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.1:2(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.1:3(n/a)See Bill Text
182252(n/a)See Bill Text
182254(n/a)See Bill Text
182255(n/a)See Bill Text
182255.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182255.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182258(n/a)See Bill Text
182258.02(n/a)See Bill Text
182258.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182265.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182265.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182265.3(n/a)See Bill Text
182287.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.012(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.016(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.03(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.09(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.1:5(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.4(n/a)See Bill Text
182371.2(n/a)See Bill Text
18246.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182460(n/a)See Bill Text
182474.1(n/a)See Bill Text
18257(n/a)See Bill Text
192188.1(n/a)See Bill Text
192303(n/a)See Bill Text
192303.01(n/a)See Bill Text
192386.21(n/a)See Bill Text
192386.25(n/a)See Bill Text
192389(n/a)See Bill Text
192389.3(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.02(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.1(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.2(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.2:1(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.4(n/a)See Bill Text
19266(n/a)See Bill Text
19281(n/a)See Bill Text
19281.1(n/a)See Bill Text
19283.1(n/a)See Bill Text
221119(n/a)See Bill Text
22221(n/a)See Bill Text
222499.1(n/a)See Bill Text
222499.4(n/a)See Bill Text
222696(n/a)See Bill Text
222818(n/a)See Bill Text
222905(n/a)See Bill Text
223114(n/a)See Bill Text
223705.3(n/a)See Bill Text
223711(n/a)See Bill Text
223802(n/a)See Bill Text
224024(n/a)See Bill Text
224345(n/a)See Bill Text
22507(n/a)See Bill Text
22509.1(n/a)See Bill Text
22511(n/a)See Bill Text
221206(n/a)See Bill Text
221277.08(n/a)See Bill Text
2311301(n/a)See Bill Text
231609(n/a)See Bill Text
242233(n/a)See Bill Text
321010(n/a)See Bill Text
323008(n/a)See Bill Text
323906(n/a)See Bill Text
324112(n/a)See Bill Text
324113(n/a)See Bill Text
324114(n/a)See Bill Text
324114.2(n/a)See Bill Text
324116(n/a)See Bill Text
324117.1(n/a)See Bill Text
324117.2(n/a)See Bill Text
324122(n/a)See Bill Text
325145.6(n/a)See Bill Text
325145.9(n/a)See Bill Text
321357(n/a)See Bill Text
332613(n/a)See Bill Text
41100(n/a)See Bill Text
41101(n/a)See Bill Text
41116(n/a)See Bill Text
41121(n/a)See Bill Text
41124(n/a)See Bill Text
41225(n/a)See Bill Text
41600(n/a)See Bill Text
41695(n/a)See Bill Text
462105.2(n/a)See Bill Text
462341.20:7(n/a)See Bill Text
462347(n/a)See Bill Text
5113(n/a)See Bill Text
511212(n/a)See Bill Text
531231.2(n/a)See Bill Text
5412903(n/a)See Bill Text
5413408.3(n/a)See Bill Text
5413442.6(n/a)See Bill Text
5413442.8(n/a)See Bill Text
5811007(n/a)See Bill Text
5811017.4(n/a)See Bill Text
5813(n/a)See Bill Text
5813651(n/a)See Bill Text
581623.2(n/a)See Bill Text
591148.3(n/a)See Bill Text
62107.1(n/a)See Bill Text
652107(n/a)See Bill Text
652402(n/a)See Bill Text
652402.1(n/a)See Bill Text
91101(n/a)See Bill Text
91102(n/a)See Bill Text
911101(n/a)See Bill Text
91400(n/a)See Bill Text
91500(n/a)See Bill Text
91801(n/a)See Bill Text

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