VA SB997 | 2019 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on July 16 2018 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-07-16 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Pending: Senate Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]

Summary

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violation. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions and driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a juvenile. The bill provides that a court may suspend a driver's license for a civil violation committed by an adult. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit.

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Title

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, penalty.

Sponsors


History

DateChamberAction
2018-07-16SenateReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2018-07-16SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100110D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
161260(n/a)See Bill Text
182250.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182251(n/a)See Bill Text
182252(n/a)See Bill Text
182259.1(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.09(n/a)See Bill Text
182308.1:5(n/a)See Bill Text
462390.1(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources


Bill Comments

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