Virginia Lawmakers Send Cannabis Decriminalization Bill to Governor
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Virginia Lawmakers Send Cannabis Decriminalization Bill to Governor

The legislation reduces the penalty for simple cannabis possession to a $50 fine or five hours of community service.

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March 9, 2020

Virginia lawmakers have sent a cannabis decriminalization bill to Gov. Ralph Northam, who has vowed to sign the proposal into law this year.

The Senate passed S.B. 2 in a 27-12 vote, while the House voted 57-33 to approve it, according to a local WSET report.

The legislation reduces the penalty for simple cannabis possession of up to one ounce to a $50 fine or five hours of community service, the news outlet reported.

Under current Virginia law, those convicted of cannabis possession could serve a 30-day jail sentence and a fine of up to $500 for a first offense, according to WSET.

The Virginia House and Senate passed similar decriminalization bills last month, but the legislative chambers had to reconcile the minor differences between their proposals before sending legislation to Northam.