VA HB5141 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Introduced on August 26 2020 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2020-11-09 - Left in Courts of Justice
Pending: House Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]


Possession of marijuana. Legalizes simple possession of marijuana. Current law provides a civil penalty of no more than $25 for the simple possession of marijuana. The bill also provides that simple possession of marijuana or its use by a child younger than 18 years of age may constitute conduct that presents a serious threat to the well-being of a child for the purposes of defining a "child in need of services." The bill also prohibits any law-enforcement officer from lawfully searching or seizing any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana and states 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. Additionally, the bill allows a person to petition for expungement of convictions, adjudications, and deferred disposition dismissals for marijuana possession when all court costs and fines and orders of restitution have been paid. The bill also removes marijuana paraphernalia from the definition of drug paraphernalia and eliminates the criminal penalty for the sale of or possession with the intent to sell such paraphernalia. The bill contains technical amendments.

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Marijuana; legalizes simple possession, etc.



2020-11-09HouseLeft in Courts of Justice
2020-08-26HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-08-26HousePresented and ordered printed 20200931D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
1521627(n/a)See Bill Text
161228(n/a)See Bill Text
161260(n/a)See Bill Text
161273(n/a)See Bill Text
161278.9(n/a)See Bill Text
182248.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182250(n/a)See Bill Text
182250.1(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
182251.1:3(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
182308.1:5(n/a)See Bill Text
192188.1(n/a)See Bill Text
192389.3(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.2(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.4(n/a)See Bill Text
324113(n/a)See Bill Text
5413442.8(n/a)See Bill Text

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