Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1
MAY 21, 2020
Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record. The prohibition on marijuana has clearly failed, and impacts nearly 30,000 Virginians per year.