Virginia lawmakers vote to decriminalize cannabis and $25 fine for possession

High-lights

  • Violations will be like traffic violates and a $25 fine for possession of up to an ounce of cannabis 
  • Bipartisan support from both the state senate (27-12) and the house (56-36)
  • If Governor signs off on the bill, it will take effect July 1, 2020
  • Cannabis arrests reached their highest level in the past 20 years in 2018
  • ACLU of Virginia and Virginia Marijuana Justice argued to fully legalize cannabis stating unfair enforcement will continue with only less of a penalty
  • Studies on legalization proposals to be done by both house and senate 

Wins

  • Another state to decriminalize cannabis or legalize for recreational use
  • 30,000 fewer people will be labeled as criminals and not suffer consequences of a criminal conviction
  • Hide records of past and future cannabis-related convictions to employers and education institutes
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