Virginia Governor Northam Signs Bold New Laws To Reform Criminal Justice

House Bill 972 decriminalizes simple possession of marijuana and creates a $25 civil penalty VIRGINIA: Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law criminal justice reform legislation that he proposed in January. The package includes measures raising the felony larceny threshold; permanently eliminating driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines, fees, and court costs; raising the age of Read the full article…

Congressman Riggleman Sends Letter To Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, On Hemp Production

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congressman Denver Riggleman sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to discuss potential changes to the implementation of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.  The letter suggested improvements to benefit farmers and align the rules with the realities that hemp farmers face while growing. “Virginia and the 5th District are uniquely positioned Read the full article…

Altria Becomes Largest Shareholder in Cronos Group, A Leading Global Cannabinoid Company

VIRGINIA: Altria announced the completion of its approximately USD $1.8 billion (CAD $2.4 billion) investment in Cronos Group, a leading global cannabinoid company, following receipt of shareholder and Canadian regulatory approvals. Altria’s investment represents an approximate 45% economic and voting interest in Cronos Group with a warrant to acquire additional ownership at a price of CAD $19.00 Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrests On Rise In Va., Blacks Arrested Three Times More Than Whites

VIRGINIA: While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: sharply rising arrest totals for possession of pot, and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI. Though Read the full article…

Va. Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

VIRGINIA: A Northern Virginia lawmaker is bringing the debate over marijuana laws to the Virginia Senate. “We cannot continue to hide behind the fear of a plant in our criminal code,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who has proposed legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. Ebbin, who expects that the measure Read the full article…

Virginia Senate Approves Bill To Allow Marijuana Oils For Treating Epilepsy

VIRGINIA:  The Virginia Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with severe epilepsy to possess a form of medical marijuana without fear of criminal prosecution. The measure would allow the use of two oils extracted from marijuana that lack the plant’s intoxicating properties but help alleviate debilitating seizures. The bill provides a way for epileptics Read the full article…

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: House Votes To Allow Growing Of Industrial Hemp

VIRGINIA:  The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow industrial hemp to be grown in Virginia. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where a similar proposal is pending. Delegate Joseph R. Yost, R-Giles, the measure’s sponsor, on Monday had touted the economic advantages that industrial hemp would provide for the Read the full article…

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Shot Down By Panel

VIRGINIA:  The Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The committee voted 9-5 to “pass by indefinitely,” meaning Senate Bill 686, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, is dead for this legislative session. All of the Republicans on the panel voted in favor of that Read the full article…

Virginia Marijuana Bill Dies In Senate Committee

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 Read the full article…

Virginia Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

VIRGINIA: A Northern Virginia lawmaker is bringing the debate over marijuana to the Virginia Senate. A bill sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for adults. Ebbin and supporters held a news conference in the Capitol on Thursday to highlight the issue, which he said is headed for a debate in Read the full article…