Virginia: General Assembly Passes Two Marijuana-related Bills
By Derrick Stanley
In this year's session of Virginia's General Assembly, 17 marijuana-related bills were proposed. The House and Senate voted to pass two of those proposed bills.
One of the bills focuses on driver's license reform. Under Virginia law, a driver's license is suspended for six months for any drug possession charge, regardless of whether a motor vehicle was involved or not.
This new reform will allow a judge to determine the outcome for first offenders, with alternatives including community service.
"What this really helps do is open up the conversation and help lawmakers realize that this truly is a bipartisan effort and the demand for this type of reform is abundant, not only within their communities but within the legislature itself," Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director of Virginia Norml, said.
The other bill passed allows pharmacies to manufacture and produce cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil to treat epilepsy.
A bill that would have allowed marijuana to be grown in the state for medicinal uses was proposed, but was not passed.