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Tagged With: Virginia

Virginia: Tell The Crime Commission to Decriminalize Marijuana

Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission are seeking written comments from the public regarding the topic of decriminalizing marijuana possession. Under current Virginia law, the possession of one-half ounce of cannabis or less is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $ 500 fine. The commission … Continue reading »

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Two New Virginia Laws Foreshadow Larger Cannabis Policy Changes

A common cliché for overcoming a difficult obstacle asks, “how do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “one bite at a time.” In Virginia politics, the tough question facing cannabis policy reform advocates is, “how do you change the minds of political Elephants?” The answer is, “one law at a time.” Although progress in cannabis reform has been slow in … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Juvenile Expungement Bill Fails In House Committee

UPDATE: SB 796 has passed the Senate but was tabled on February 15 on a voice vote by the House Courts of Justice, Subcommittee on Criminal Law. The measure will not be considered further this session. ——– Sen. Ryan McDougle has introduced SB 796, which creates a expungement by petition process for individuals under 21 … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Lawmakers Approve Amended Medical Marijuana Measure

West Virginia legislators on Thursday approved a significantly amended version of Senate Bill 386, which seeks to establish a state-regulated medical cannabis program. The measure now awaits action from Democrat Gov. Jim Justice, who has previously expressed support for permitting qualified patients access cannabis therapy. If signed into law, West Virginia will become the 30th … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Legislation Introduced to Legalize Marijuana

Legislation by Delegate Hornbuckle of Cabell, House Bill 3035, to legalize and regulate the adult use, production, and sale of marijuana is before members of the House Health and human Resources Committee. House Bill 3035, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to cultivate up to six cannabis plants for their … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Local Focus, Nationwide Impact

By Daniel Rouleau, Communications Director of Virginia NORML In the first quarter of 2017, the reform efforts of Virginia NORML laid a framework for exciting changes in the Commonwealth’s cannabis policies. As spring blooms, conversations are blossoming in municipalities across the state challenging the status quo of criminally prosecuting misdemeanor possession in favor of civil … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Legislation Introduced to Legalize Marijuana

Legislation by Delegate Hornbuckle of Cabell, House Bill 3035, to legalize and regulate the adult use, production, and sale of marijuana is before members of the House Health and human Resources Committee. House Bill 3035, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to cultivate up to six cannabis plants for their … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Support the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act

 A coalition of Senate lawmakers have introduced legislation, SB 386, which seeks to establish the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act — a state-sponsored program that will permit qualified patients to obtain medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries. Passage of the bill establishes a commission tasked with developing “policies, procedures, guidelines, and regulations to implement programs to … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Legislature to Address Cannabidiol Affirmative Defense Bill

SB 1298 has cleared the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on a 9-4 vote as it seeks to establish affirmative defense for possession of cannabidiol if an individual has written certification that they require the substance due to an approved medical condition. Affirmative defense establishes a basic set of facts surrounding cannabidiol possession cases. If someone … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Introduced

Legislation is pending to eliminate criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses. Senate bill 1269 provides a civil penalty of no more than $ 100 for a first-time marijuana possession violation — no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record.  Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $ 500 … Continue reading »

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