Marijuana-related bills in the 2019 Virginia General Assembly

Click the bill title for the complete text and additional information. Questions? Contact Virginia NORML at director@virginianorml.org or 804-464-7050 M-F 9-6.

 

Motions on bills

  

Lay the bill on the table  suspends debate of the bill. It can be recalled from the table later, but this rarely happens
Pass the bill by indefinitely  ends debate of the bill. The bill has been killed and is dead for the session.
Report the bill  sends the bill to the House or Senate for a floor vote
Refer or Rerefer  sends the bill to a Committee or Subcommittee

   

Final Outcomes for Bills

  

0  CONTINUED  Bill will be taken up in the same Committee in the following year, but is done for this session  
9  DEFEATED  Bill was defeated by vote and will not pass this session  
1  INCORPORATED  Bill was incorporated into other similar and preferential bill  
1  LEFT IN COMMITTEE  Bill was not heard by the Committee  
3  SUCCEEDED  Bill passed both chambers by vote and has been sent to the Governor  
0  STRICKEN  House bill was stricken from the docket and not heard (similar to withdrawn in the Senate)  
0  WITHDRAWN  Senate bill's patron withdrew the bill  

  

Bills in RED were not passed
Bills in GREY have been incorporated into other bills
Bills in YELLOW have been continued to the following session
Bills in GREEN have passed both the House and Senate and are headed to the Governor

 


  

Decriminalization

   

DEFEATED: SB 997 Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, penalty.

Chief patron: Sen Adam Ebbin D-30
Senate patron: Sen Lynwood Lewis D-6
House patrons: Del Kaye Kory D-38, Del Mark Levine D-45

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty.Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violation. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions and driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a juvenile. The bill provides that a court may suspend a driver's license for a civil violation committed by an adult. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit.

07/16/18  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100110D
07/16/18  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/19  Senate: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 19105321D-S1
01/21/19  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N)

YEAS to the motion to report the bill to the Senate: Saslaw, Howell, Lucas, Edwards, Deeds, Petersen
NAYS to the motion to report the bill to the Senate: Obenshain, Norment, McDougle, Stuart, Stanley, Reeves, Chafin, Sturtevant, Peake

Virginia NORML supported the passage of SB 997

 

DEFEATED: HB 2079 Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty.

Chief patron: Del Steve Heretick D-79
Chief co-patrons: Del Kaye Kory D-38, Del Mark Levine D-45
House patrons: Del Lashrecse Aird D-63, Del Patrick Hope D-47, Joseph Lindsey D-90, Marcus Simon D-53

Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Decriminalizes marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violation. 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 the penalty for distribution or possession with intent to sell more than one-half but not more than five pounds of marijuana from a Class 5 felony to a Class 6 felony.

01/07/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100101D
01/07/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)

YEAS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Gilbert, Bell, Robert B., Adams, L.R., Collins, Ransone
NAYS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Watts, Herring, Mullin

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 2079

 

DEFEATED: HB 2370 Possession and consumption of marijuana; penalty.

Chief patron: Del Charniele Herring D-46

Possession and consumption of marijuana; penalty. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $250. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. But the bill provides that any person who knowingly or intentionally smokes, consumes, or otherwise ingests marijuana in a public place or while driving or operating a motor vehicle, engine, train, watercraft, or motorboat is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be confined in jail not more than 30 days and fined not more than $500, either or both, and subsequent convictions are punished as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions and driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a juvenile. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit.

01/08/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104173D
01/08/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)

YEAS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Gilbert, Bell, Robert B., Adams, L.R., Collins, Ransone
NAYS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Watts, Herring, Mullin

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 2370

 


 

Driver’s License

 

SUCCEEDED: HB 1664 Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; petition for restricted driver's license.

Chief patron: Del Jay Jones D-89
House patron: Del Kaye Kory D-38

Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; restricted driver's license.Provides that a person convicted of a drug offense in another state may petition the general district court of the county or city in which he resides for a restricted driver's license allowing the petitioner to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth on a restricted basis, provided that no such restricted license shall permit the petitioner to operate a commercial vehicle.

12/03/18  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101334D
12/03/18  House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/09/19  House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #3
01/15/19  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/17/19  House: Reported from Transportation (22-Y 0-N)
01/17/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/19  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
01/25/19  House: Committee substitute printed 19104871D-H1
01/29/19  House: Read first time
01/30/19  House: Read second time
01/30/19  House: Committee substitute agreed to 19104871D-H1
01/30/19  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1664H1
01/31/19  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/19  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/19  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N)
02/08/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/19  Senate: Read third time
02/11/19  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/19  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1664ER)

Virginia NORML took no position on HB 1664

 

SUCCEEDED: SB 1181 Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; petition for restricted driver's license.

Chief patron: Sen Richard Stuart R-28
Incorporated chief co-patron: Sen Scott Surovell D-36

Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; restricted driver's license. Provides that a person convicted of a drug offense in another state may petition the general district court of the county or city in which he resides for a restricted driver's license allowing the petitioner to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth on a restricted basis, provided that no such restricted license shall permit the petitioner to operate a commercial vehicle.

01/03/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100358D
01/03/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/16/19  Senate: Committee substitute printed 19105054D-S1
01/16/19  Senate: Incorporates SB1536 (Surovell)
01/16/19  Senate: Reported from Transportation with substitute (11-Y 0-N)
01/18/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/21/19  Senate: Read second time
01/21/19  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/21/19  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 19105054D-S1
01/21/19  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1181S1
01/22/19  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/24/19  House: Placed on Calendar
01/24/19  House: Read first time
01/24/19  House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/07/19  House: Reported from Transportation (22-Y 0-N)
02/08/19  House: Read second time
02/11/19  House: Read third time
02/11/19  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/19  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/12/19  Senate: Enrolled
02/12/19  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1181ER)
02/12/19  House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/19  Senate: Signed by President
02/14/19  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 14, 2019
02/14/19  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2019

Virginia NORML took no position on HB 1664

 

INCORPORATED: SB 1536 Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; petition for restricted driver's license.

Chief patron: Sen Scott Surovell D-36

Out-of-state conviction of drug offenses; restricted driver's license. Provides that a person convicted of a drug offense in another state may petition the general district court of the county or city in which he resides for a restricted driver's license allowing the petitioner to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth on a restricted basis, provided that no such restricted license shall permit the petitioner to operate a commercial vehicle.

01/08/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100741D
01/08/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/16/19  Senate: Incorporated by Transportation (SB1181-Stuart) (11-Y 0-N)

Virginia NORML took no position on SB 1536

 


 

Expungement

 

DEFEATED: HB 1861 Police & court records; expungement of records relating to misdemeanor/nonviolent felony conviction.

Chief patron: Del Delores McQuinn D-70
House patrons: Del Lashrecse Aird D-63, Del Lamont Bagby D-74, Del Jeffrey Bourne D-71, Del Betsy Carr D-69, Del Mark Cole D-88, Del Patrick Hope D-47, Del Kaye Kory D-38, Del Mark Levine D-45, Del Alfonso Lopez D-49, Del Kenneth Plum D-36, Del Sam Rasoul D-11, Del Debra Rodman D-73, Del Mark Sickles D-43, Del Marcus Simon D-53
Senate patrons: Sen Rosalyn Dance D-16, Sen Mamie Locke D-2, Sen Scott Surovell D-36

Expungement of police and court records; misdemeanor and nonviolent felony convictions. Allows a person convicted of a misdemeanor or nonviolent felony to file a petition requesting expungement of the police and court records relating to the conviction if such person has (i) been free from any term of incarceration, probation, and postrelease supervision imposed as a result of such conviction for at least eight years, (ii) no prior or subsequent convictions other than traffic infractions, and (iii) no pending criminal proceeding.

01/03/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102019D
01/03/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (7-Y 0-N)

YEAS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Gilbert, Bell, Robert B., Adams, L.R., Collins, Ransone, Watts, Herring

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 1861

 

LEFT IN COMMITTEE: HB 2512 Charges and convictions, certain; expungement.

Chief patron: Timothy Hugo R-40
House patron: Del Mark Cole D-88

Expungement of certain charges and convictions. Allows a person to petition for expungement of convictions and deferred disposition dismissals for marijuana possession, underage alcohol possession, and using a false ID to obtain alcohol when the offense occurred prior to the person's twenty-first birthday; all court costs, fines, and restitution have been satisfied; and five years have elapsed since the date of completion of all terms of sentencing and probation.

01/09/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101592D
01/09/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/05/19  House: Left in Courts of Justice

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 2512

 

DEFEATED: SB 1380 Charges and convictions, certain; expungement.

Chief patron: Sen Ryan McDougle R-4
Senate patron: Sen Scott Surovell D-36

Expungement of certain charges and convictions. Allows a person to petition for expungement of convictions and deferred disposition dismissals for marijuana possession, underage alcohol possession, and using a false ID to obtain alcohol when the offense occurred prior to the person's twenty-first birthday; all court costs, fines, and restitution have been paid; and five years have elapsed since the date of completion of all terms of sentencing and probation. The bill provides that any person seeking expungement of a marijuana possession or alcohol-related charge shall be assessed a $150 fee, which shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Department of State Police.

01/08/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101011D
01/08/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/19  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
01/28/19  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/30/19  Senate: Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N)
01/31/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/01/19  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/04/19  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/19  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/19  House: Read first time
02/06/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/11/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 2-N)

YEAS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Gilbert, Bell, Robert B., Collins, Ransone, Mullin
NAYS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Watts, Herring
NOT VOTING: Adams, L.R.

Virginia NORML supported the passage of SB 1380

 


 

Legalization

 

DEFEATED: HB 2371 Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty.

Chief patron: Del Steve Heretick D-79
House patron: Del Kaye Kory D-38

Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Eliminates criminal penalties for possession of marijuana for persons who are 21 years of age or older. The bill also decriminalizes marijuana possession for persons under 21 years of age and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violation. 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 also modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana. The bill establishes a regulatory scheme for the regulation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana stores by the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill imposes a tax on retail marijuana and retail marijuana products sold by a retail marijuana store at a rate of 9.7 percent (for a total sales tax of 15 percent) and provides that 67 percent of the revenues collected from the tax be deposited into the general fund and 33 percent of the revenues be deposited into a "Retail Marijuana Education Support Fund" to be used solely for purposes of public education.

01/08/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100100D
01/08/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 2-N)

YEAS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Gilbert, Bell, Robert B., Adams, L.R., Collins, Ransone, Watts
NAYS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Herring, Mullin

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 2371

 

DEFEATED: HB 2373 Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty.

Chief patron: Del Lee Carter D-50
House patron: Del Kaye Kory D-38

Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Eliminates criminal penalties for possession of marijuana for persons who are 21 years of age or older. The bill also decriminalizes marijuana possession for persons under 21 years of age and provides a civil penalty of no more than $100 for possession of less than (i) two and one-half ounces of marijuana or (ii) 12 marijuana plants and a civil penalty of no more than $500 for possession of more than (i) two and one-half ounces of marijuana or (ii) 12 marijuana plants. 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 also modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana. The bill establishes a regulatory scheme for the regulation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana manufacturing facilities, marijuana secure transporters, marijuana testing facilities, retail marijuana stores, and marijuana microbusinesses by the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill imposes an additional tax of 10 percent on retail marijuana and retail marijuana products sold by retail marijuana stores and microbusinesses and directs the first $20 million of such revenues to the Veterans Treatment Fund, established in the bill. The remaining tax receipts will be distributed to the localities in which the businesses operate, toward the state's share of Standards of Quality basic aid payments, and to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund.

01/08/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103975D
01/08/19 HHouse: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 2-N)

YEAS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Gilbert, Bell, Robert B., Adams, L.R., Collins, Ransone, Watts
NAYS to the motion to pass by indefinitely: Herring, Mullin

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 2373

 


  

Medical Cannabis

   

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HB 1720 Public elementary & secondary school students; suspension & expulsion, cannabidiol oil & THC-A oil.

Chief patron: Del Chris Hurst D-12
House patrons: Del Dawn Adams D-68, Del Jeffrey Bourne D-71, Del Eileen Filler-Corn D-41, Del Wendy Gooditis D-10, Del Patrick Hope D-47, Del Kaye Kory D-38, Del Mark Levine D-45, Del Delores McQuinn D-70, Del Michael Mullin D-93, Del Kenneth Plum D-36, Del David Reid D-32, Del Marcus Simon D-53

Public elementary and secondary school students; suspension and expulsion; cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. Permits any student who possesses a valid and unexpired written certification to use cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil that is issued by a licensed practitioner of medicine or osteopathy to possess and use cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity. The bill prohibits a school board from suspending or expelling from school attendance any such student who possesses or uses cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity.

12/17/18  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100264D
12/17/18 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/19  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/25/19  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
01/25/19  House: Committee substitute printed 19105452D-H1
01/29/19  House: Read first time
01/30/19  House: Read second time
01/30/19  House: Committee substitute agreed to 19105452D-H1
01/30/19  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1720H1
01/31/19  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/19  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/19  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/19  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/06/19  Senate: Committee substitute printed 19106546D-S1
02/08/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/19  Senate: Read third time
02/11/19  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/11/19  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 19106546D-S1
02/11/19  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1720S1
02/11/19  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/19  House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/19  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 19106546D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
02/13/19  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
02/13/19  House: Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/13/19  House: Passed by for the day

Virginia NORML supports the passage of HB 1720

 

DEFEATED: HB 2245 Products containing tetrahydrocannabinol; permits to process and dispense cannabidiol oil.

Chief patron: Del Glenn Davis R-84
House patron: Del Christopher Peace R-97

Products containing tetrahydrocannabinol; permits to process and dispense cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. Clarifies that products containing a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol that is no greater than that allowed by federal law does not constitute marijuana, as defined in the Code. The bill also increases from one to two the number of pharmaceutical processor permits the Board of Pharmacy may issue or renew for each health service area in any year and allows each pharmaceutical processor to whom a permit has been issued by the Board of Pharmacy to operate up to two off-site dispensing locations for the dispensing of cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. The bill directs the Board of Pharmacy to issue additional permits to operate a pharmaceutical processor by September 1, 2019.

01/08/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103205D
01/08/19  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/19  House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/19  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 3-N)

YEAS to the motion to lay the bill on the table Garrett, Bell, Richard P., Helsel, Hodges, Sickles, Hayes, Delaney
NAYS to the motion to lay the bill on the table Peace, Robinson, Price

Virginia NORML took no position on HB 2245

 

HB 1826 Marijuana; advertisement prohibited, penalty.

Chief patron: Del Robert Orrock R-54

Marijuana; advertisement prohibited; penalty. Prohibits any person other than a person who holds a permit as a pharmaceutical processor from advertising through any verbal, written, graphic, or other manner the sale or distribution of marijuana in the Commonwealth. Any person violating the prohibition is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

01/02/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101732D 
01/02/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/19  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
01/21/19  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/31/19  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (19-Y 3-N)
01/31/19  House: Committee substitute printed 19104997D-H1
02/01/19  House: Read first time
02/04/19  House: Read second time
02/04/19  House: Committee substitute agreed to 19104997D-H1
02/04/19  House: Amendments by Delegate Orrock agreed to
02/04/19  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB1826EH1
02/04/19  House: Printed as engrossed 19104997D-EH1
02/05/19  House: Read third time and passed House (86-Y 11-N)
02/05/19  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 11-N)
02/06/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/08/19  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/14/19  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with amendment (14-Y 1-N)

Virginia NORML takes no position on HB 1826

   

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SB 1557 Board of Pharmacy; cannabidiol oil and tetrahydrocannabinol oil; regulation of processors.

Chief patron: Sen Siobhan Dunnavant R-12
Senate patrons: Sen Rosalyn Dance D-16, Sen Lynwood Lewis D-6, Sen David Marsden D-37
House patrons: Del Dawn Adams D-68, Del Sam Rasoul D-11 

Board of Pharmacy; cannabidiol oil and tetrahydrocannabinol oil; regulation of pharmaceutical processors.Alters the definitions of cannabidiol oil and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-A) oil to remove the five percent cap on the concentration of THC permitted to be contained in each oil. The bill allows licensed physician assistants and licensed nurse practitioners to issue a written certification for use of cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. The bill requires the Board to promulgate regulations establishing dosage limitations, which shall require that each dispensed dose of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil not exceed 10 milligrams and each dispensed package of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil not exceed 100 milligrams. The bill removes the requirement that a licensed pharmacist provide on-premises supervision of pharmaceutical processors and clarifies who may be employed by pharmaceutical processors and the regulations governing such employees.

01/09/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102904D 
01/09/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/19  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/24/19  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
01/24/19  Senate: Committee substitute printed 19105737D-S1
01/25/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
01/28/19  Senate: Read second time
01/28/19  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/28/19  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 19105737D-S1
01/28/19  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1557S1
01/29/19  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/19  House: Placed on Calendar
02/04/19  House: Read first time
02/04/19  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/06/19  House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/07/19  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 2-N)
02/12/19  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
02/12/19  House: Read second time
02/13/19  House: Read third time
02/13/19  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/13/19  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/13/19  House: Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/19  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)

Virginia NORML supports the passage of SB 1557

   

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SB 1632 Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; use at school.

Chief patron: Sen Glen Sturtevant, Jr. R-10

Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; use at school. Requires local school boards to adopt and implement policies permitting a student who has been issued a valid written certification for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to use such oils while at school. The bill prohibits a school board from suspending or expelling such a student for such use. The bill prohibits a school nurse employed by a local school board, person employed by a local health department who is assigned to the public school pursuant to an agreement between the local health department and the school board, or other person employed by or contracted with a local school board to deliver health-related services from being prosecuted for possession or distribution of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil or for storing, dispensing, or administering cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil, in accordance with the policy adopted by the local school board, to a student who has been issued a valid written certification for its use. Finally, the bill requires the Department of Health Professions, in coordination with the Department of Education, to develop and make available to school boards, a standardized form to be completed by the certification issuing physician and the dispensing pharmaceutical processor.

01/09/19  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103448D
01/09/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/19  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education
1/24/19 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
01/25/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
01/28/19  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/19  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/19  House: Placed on Calendar
02/04/19  House: Read first time
02/04/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1

Virginia NORML supports the passage of SB 1632
   

SUCCEEDED: SB 1719 Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; registered agents and pharmaceutical processors.

Chief patron: David Marsden D-37

Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; registered agents and pharmaceutical processors. Authorizes a patient or, if such patient is a minor or an incapacitated adult, such patient's parent or legal guardian to designate an individual to act as his registered agent for the purposes of receiving cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil pursuant to a valid written certification. Such designated individual is required register with the Board of Pharmacy (Board). The bill authorizes the Board to set a limit on the number patients for whom any individual is authorized to act as a registered agent. The bill authorizes a pharmaceutical processor to dispense cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to such registered agent and provides such registered agent an affirmative defense for possession of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil.

The bill provides that a pharmacist in charge of a pharmaceutical processor may authorize certain employees access to secured areas designated for cultivation and extraction and other areas approved by the Board and no pharmacist is required to be on the premises during such authorized access. The bill authorizes a pharmaceutical processor, in addition to other employees authorized by the Board, to employ individuals (i) to perform cultivation-related duties under the supervision of an individual who has received a degree in horticulture or a certification or training approved by the Board or who has at least two years of experience cultivating plants and (ii) to perform extraction-related duties under the supervision of an individual who has a degree in chemistry or pharmacology or at least two years of experience extracting chemicals from plants.

The bill directs the Board to promulgate regulations regarding the wholesale sale of and transfer of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil between pharmaceutical processors and removes a requirement that a pharmaceutical processor only dispense cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil cultivated and produced on-site. The bill provides that a pharmaceutical processor may begin cultivation upon being issued a permit by the Board, however, no production of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil shall occur prior to sixty days of the opening date listed in its application. Finally, the bill provides that the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in any THC-A oil on site at a pharmaceutical processor may be up to 10 percent greater than or less than the level of tetrahydrocannabinol measured for labeling.

01/15/19  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 19103906D
01/15/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/19  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/24/19  Senate: Reported from Education and Health with amendments (13-Y 2-N)
01/25/19  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
01/28/19  Senate: Read second time
01/28/19  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
01/28/19  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/28/19  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1719E
01/28/19  Senate: Printed as engrossed 19103906D-E
01/29/19  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/19  House: Placed on Calendar
02/04/19  House: Read first time
02/04/19  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/06/19  House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/07/19  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/12/19  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)
02/12/19  House: Read second time
02/13/19  House: Read third time
02/13/19  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/19  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)

Virginia NORML supported the passage of SB 1719

 


 

Paraphernalia

 

DEFEATED: HB 1910 Drug paraphernalia and controlled paraphernalia; fentanyl testing products.

Chief patron: Del Wendy Gooditis D-10

Drug paraphernalia and controlled paraphernalia; fentanyl testing products. Clarifies that narcotic testing products used to determine whether a controlled substance contains fentanyl are not drug paraphernalia or controlled paraphernalia.

01/04/19  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101076D
01/04/19  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/19  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/19  House: Referred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
01/25/19  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/29/19  House: Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions (20-Y 2-N)

YEAS to the motion to table the bill Orrock, Garrett, Bell, Robert B., Peace, Pogge, Bell, Richard P., Stolle, Helsel, Hodges, Edmunds, Head, Robinson, Sickles, Hope, James, Price, Aird, Hayes, Rasoul, Delaney
NAYS to the motion to table the bill Levine, Rodman

Virginia NORML supported the passage of HB 1910