VIRGINIA: Each side got a mere five minutes to make its case, but a Northern Virginia lawmaker got what he wanted Wednesday – a discussion about marijuana in the General Assembly.
Afterward, as was expected, a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults died in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
Five Democrats voted for the bill, and nine Republicans, including committee co-chairmen Tommy Norment, R-James City County, and Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, voted to kill it. Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, was absent.
Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, said he introduced it at the request of constituents. The measure would have changed possession of small amounts of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine. It also would strike a requirement in the law that those who possess marijuana lose their driver’s licenses for six months.