Virginia Bill to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Marijuana Possession Passes Full Legislature

Virginia’s full legislature has passed a measure that would end driver’s license suspensions for simple marijuana possession.

Senate Bill 1091 was given approval by the Senate with a 38 to 2 vote, and was quickly passed by the House of Representatives with a rare unanimous vote (95 to 0). The measure now goes to Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration. A spokeperson for McAuliffe says he’s likely to sign it into law.

Below is the official summary for the measure, which was filed by Senator Adam Ebbin (D) and cosponsored by Senator William Stanley (R):

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Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis Filed in Virginia’s Senate

Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin has filed a proposal to decriminalize cannabis.canna

Senate Bill 686 would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, making it a simple $100 ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.

The proposal, which will be considered by the state’s Senate once the Legislature reconvenes in January, would also reduce the criminal penalties for cannabis distribution (and intent to distribute), would create a legal defense for a person cultivating up to six plants for personal use, and would change the state’s paraphernalia laws so that they only apply to an adult who distributes to a minor at least three years his junior.

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