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