A bill to decriminalize marijuana faces an uphill climb at the General Assembly. The bill would reduce the penalty for simple possession from a misdemeanor charge to a civil penalty of $100 and adult users would no longer lose their driver’s licenses if convicted of marijuana possession.
Democratic Senator Adam Ebbin of Alexandria is the bill’s patron.
The bill has been reintroduced for years only to be killed before it ever reaches the floor.
Virginia arrests 20,000 citizens per year for cannabis possession.