Virginia Senate passes bill that would expunge first marijuana charge
The state of Virginia is looking to reduce penalties for people charged with possession of marijuana.
If passed, Senate Bill 954 would make the first offense a maximum fine of 500 dollars. The way the law currently stands a charge can result in up to 30 days in jail.
The bill would allow the first offense to be eligible for expungement, but that is if the person charged pays a 150 dollar fee.
Revenue from these fees would go towards educating and preventing opioid abuse. The piece of legislation has made it out of the senate and must pass the House before it goes to the governor.