Virginia Legislature Approves Multiple Marijuana Reform Bills, Considers Broader Legalization

Virginia lawmakers have been busy approving a raft of limited marijuana reform legislation during a special summer session, with full cannabis legalization also under consideration. So far in the session, the Virginia Senate passed a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from stopping and searching a vehicle, or seizing property, [...]

2020-09-14T04:15:33-07:00September 14, 2020|

Virginia’s Cannabis Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

Marijuana decriminalization in Virginia has taken effect, as of July 1, 2020. Now, marijuana possession of up to one ounce in Virginia is punishable by a $25 fine without the threat of jail time or a criminal record. Prior to the change, simple cannabis possession was subject to a maximum [...]

2020-07-10T06:57:03-07:00July 11, 2020|

Municipalities Increasingly Opting Against Cannabis Testing For Employees

City officials across the US are abandoning marijuana testing requirements for public employees. Rochester City Council approved legislation to remove marijuana from the list of drugs tested at pre-employment screenings, except for certain jobs owing to safety concerns such as within law enforcement. “This is an important piece of legislation [...]

2020-11-25T10:53:32-07:00June 7, 2020|

Marijuana Decriminalization In Virginia Takes Effect July 1

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law that will decriminalize cannabis possession from July 1, 2020. Virginia now becomes the 27th state to decriminalize marijuana possession in the US. Current Virginian law classifies marijuana possession as a criminal offense subject to a $500 fine, 30 days in jail, [...]

2020-05-28T08:09:44-07:00May 29, 2020|

Virginia Gov Approves Decriminalization and Medical Marijuana Bill

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam approved legislation to decriminalize cannabis possession and two others pieces of legislation to formally legalize and expand the state’s medical marijuana program. Gov. Northam proposed technical amendments to two of the bills which now requires lawmaker approval before becoming law. The decriminalization bill reduces possession of [...]

2020-04-22T05:11:49-07:00April 22, 2020|

Virginia House and Senate Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bills

The Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate each approved legislation to decriminalize cannabis. The House-approved bill would make low-level marijuana possession a civil penalty with no jail time but a $25 fine, while the Senate-approved bill would impose a $50 fine. Currently, a first time offender faces up to [...]

2020-04-08T08:26:32-07:00February 29, 2020|

Virginia’s New Prosecutor Will Not Pursue Low-Level Pot Offenses

Two newly-elected Virginia prosecutors said they will not pursue low-level marijuana possession cases in their counties. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano and Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehgani-Tafti both won office in November on a platform calling for comprehensive criminal justice reform. Descano and Dehgani-Tafti said prosecuting minor cannabis [...]

2020-01-09T04:07:26-07:00January 9, 2020|

Virginia To Take Overdue Action On Marijuana Reform In 2020

2020 could shape up to be a defining year for marijuana reform in Virginia, one of the country’s most conservative states when it comes to cannabis laws. Both chambers of the Virginia legislature hold Democrat majorities now following state elections in November 2019. Attorney General Mark Herring said that pro-reform [...]

2020-01-03T05:25:52-07:00January 3, 2020|