Virginia Senate Republicans Kill Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

Virginia Senate Republicans Kill Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

The bill would have changed the punishment from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil penalty.

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January 29, 2018
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Republicans on a Senate committee Monday killed a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by changing the punishment from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil penalty.

The Virginia ACLU and a representative of the Northam administration both backed Senate Bill 111 from Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and the bill was opposed by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys.

The vote to defeat the bill was party line, with nine Republicans on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voting to kill it and six Democrats voting for the bill.

Republicans in the House had already killed a similar measure from Del. Steve Heretick, D-Portsmouth.

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