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Decriminalization Gets Public Hearing Before Virginia Crime Commission
Author: Monterey Bud 30/10/2017 - 16:24:00

On Monday, a public hearing will be held before the Virginia State Crime Commission to discuss the implications of decriminalizing personal amounts of marijuana in the Commonwealth. 

Under the proposed plan, individuals found in possession of their private reserves (less than half an ounce) would face a civil fine rather than misdemeanor charges. 

Virginia’s current marijuana law classifies individuals caught with less than 14 grams as having committed a misdemeanor offense. Those cited for “possession for personal use” face 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. And proving that recidivism doesn’t pay, a “second or subsequent offense” for the same amount is punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to 12 months of incarceration. 

Current penalty: 30 days and a $500 fine for a half-ounce of marijuana

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