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Tagged With: Virginia

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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Virginia: Virginia Moves to Re-Approve Cannabis Oil Bill

Senator David Marsden has introduced a bill to re-approve a previously passed act that will regulate the instate production of cannabis oil for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.  SB 1027 ensures that patients suffering from the debilitating condition will not have to break federal law to import cannabis oil from out of state. The bill … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Lawmakers Table Marijuana Decriminalization Measures

House and Senate lawmakers have set aside legislation that sought to eliminates criminal penalties for marijuana possession offenses, replacing them with civil fine-only penalties — no arrest and no criminal record.  On February 3rd, Senate Bill 104, was passed by indefinitely by the Courts of Justice Committee in an 11-4 vote. The committee failed to take … Continue reading »

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Virginia: House Fails To Act On Bill To End License Suspensions For Minor Marijuana Violators

On February 9th, SB 327, legislation to amend state law so that first time, minor marijuana offenders no longer face the loss of their driver’s license, was approved by the full Senate. Unfortunately members of the House Courts of Justice Committee failed to take action on the bill before the 2016 legislative session came to an end. … Continue reading »

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Virginia: Governor Signs Measure Seeking To Permit Production Of CBD Oil

Governor Terry McAuliff has signed legislation, Senate Bill 701 into law to establish regulations governing the in-state production of therapeutic oils high in cannabdiol and/or THC-A (THC acid). NORML would like to thank Governor McAuliffe, an early supporter of SB 701, for his continued dedication to advancing this measure, as well as to those in the … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Medical Marijuana Legislation Tabled

Senate and House legislation to permit qualified patients access to medical cannabis if they have their physician’s authorization was never considered by lawmakers this legislative session. Senate Bill 640 and House Bill 4680 would have permitted qualified patients to engage in marijuana therapy and to cultivate (up to 12 mature plants) and possess (up to six ounces) … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Lawmakers Fail To Act On Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Lawmakers failed to take action on House Bill 4712 before the legislative session came to an end. The legislation sought  to depenalize marijuana possession offenses. If enacted the legislation would have removed marijuana from the list of schedule I drugs according to the West Virginia state schedule of controlled substances and removed all state criminal and civil penalties … Continue reading »

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West Virginia: Lawmakers Fail To Act On Marijuana Decriminalization Measure During Special Session

Lawmakers failed to consider legislation that was introduced during this legislative season’s special session to decriminalize the possession and cultivation of limited quantities of marijuana in West Virginia. House Bill 114 sought to permit the personal use, growth and possession of up to two ounces of marijuana by persons over the age of twenty-one who … Continue reading »

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