HB 265

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Dec 30, 2019
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, civil penalty.


Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Decriminalizes marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $25. Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one-half ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use and provides that the existing suspended sentence and substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a minor. The bill decreases from a Class 5 felony to a Class 6 felony the penalty for distribution or possession with intent to sell more than one-half ounce but not more than five pounds of marijuana. This bill was incorporated into HB 972.

Bill Sponsors (14)



Feb 05, 2020


Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB972-Herring)

Jan 30, 2020


Impact statement from DPB (HB265)

Dec 30, 2019


Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100927D


Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

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Impact statement from DPB (HB265) HTML

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