VA SB954 | 2018 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)
Status: Engrossed on February 12 2018 - 50% progression
Action: 2018-02-15 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Pending: House Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Amended) [HTML]


Possession of marijuana; first offense; expungement; penalty. Reduces the penalties for possession of marijuana to a fine of not more than $500 and makes a first offense violation that has been deferred and dismissed under ยง 18.2-251 eligible for expungement. Under current law, possession of marijuana is punishable by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days and a fine of not more than $500, either or both. The bill provides that any person seeking expungement of such first offense violation shall be assessed a $300 fee, of which $150 shall be paid into the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic Fund, created by the bill, and $150 shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Department of State Police. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019, except for the provisions related to the reduction of penalties for possession of marijuana, which shall become effective July 1, 2018. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon funding in a general appropriation act. The bill contains technical amendments.

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Marijuana; reduces penalties for possession to a fine of not more than $500.


Roll Calls

2018-02-12 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (Y: 38 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-12 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-08 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-07 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (Y: 16 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-01-29 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2018-02-15HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2018-02-15HouseRead first time
2018-02-15HousePlaced on Calendar
2018-02-12SenatePassed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
2018-02-12SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2018-02-12SenateEngrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB954S3
2018-02-12SenateSubstitute by Senator Norment agreed to 18107006D-S3
2018-02-12SenateReading of substitute waived
2018-02-12SenateFloor substitute printed 18107006D-S3 (Norment)
2018-02-12SenateCommittee substitute rejected 18106890D-S2
2018-02-12SenateCommittee substitute rejected 18106134D-S1
2018-02-12SenateRead second time
2018-02-09SenatePassed by for the day
2018-02-08SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2018-02-07SenateCommittee substitute printed 18106890D-S2
2018-02-07SenateReported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
2018-01-29SenateRereferred to Finance
2018-01-29SenateCommittee substitute printed 18106134D-S1
2018-01-29SenateReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
2018-01-19SenateReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2018-01-19SenatePresented and ordered printed 18105334D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182250.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182251(n/a)See Bill Text
182251.04(n/a)See Bill Text
192387.3(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.2(n/a)See Bill Text
192392.4(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

Bill Comments