Marijuana Penalty Reductions Supported by Charlottesville City Council but Needs Support from the VA General Assembly

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Conspiracy, Manufacturing or Simple possession of marijuana that is the question: The Charlottesville City Council is supporting a resolution calling on the state to take another look at its policies concerning marijuana. Some members on council are concerned if a broader resolution which defined marijuana possession as a low priority for police would give the wrong message to youths.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, marijuana possession is a felony offense punishable by jail time, fines, probation and lost of voter rights. A simple possession penalty is considered a non-violent offense according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Marijuana with the intent to distribute or manufacture is considered a violent offense. For more information

The Charlottesville City Council voted in favor of calling on the Virginia General Assembly and Governor Bob McDonnell to revisit the sentencing guidelines for marijuana penalties.

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