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2024 - Marijuana Bills

HB 452 First offender drug program; previous misdemeanor marijuana conviction.
Introduced by: Katrina Callsen |[D]
Allows any person to participate in the first offender drug program even if such person was previously convicted of an offense related to misdemeanor possession of marijuana or who has had a previous dismissal of a misdemeanor offense for possession of marijuana pursuant to the program. Current law prohibits any person with a previous marijuana conviction from participating in the program.
01/08/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

01/23/24  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal

01/29/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)

02/02/24  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (21-Y 0-N)
02/07/24  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/07/24  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB452E
02/08/24  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)

02/09/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

02/21/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 0-N)

02/26/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24108045D-S1
02/26/24  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/28/24  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108045D-S1 (55-Y 44-N)
02/28/24  House: VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 44-N)
03/05/24  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB452ER)

03/05/24  House: Signed by Speaker
03/07/24  Senate: Signed by President

03/11/24  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/24  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/22/24  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
03/22/24  House: Governor's substitute printed 24109197D-H1

Bill text here.

VETOED BILLS

HB 698 Cannabis control; retail market; penalties.
Introduced by: Paul E. Krizek [D]
Cannabis control; retail market; penalties. Establishes a framework for the creation of a retail marijuana market in the Commonwealth, to be administered by the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority. The bill allows the Authority to begin issuing all marijuana licenses on July 1, 2025; however, the bill allows certain pharmaceutical processors to begin operations on July 1, 2024, and allows a limited number of other licensees to begin operations on January 1, 2025.

01/09/24  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104440D
01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/01/24  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #5

02/02/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/09/24  House: Committee substitute agreed to 24107122D-H1
02/12/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)

02/13/24  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

02/23/24  Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (10-Y 5-N)
02/23/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

02/28/24  Senate: Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee substitute rejected 24108153D-S1
02/28/24  Senate: Finance and Appropriations Committee substitute rejected 24108432D-S2
02/28/24  Senate: Substitute #1 by Senator Rouse withdrawn
02/28/24  Senate: Reading of substitute waived (28-Y 11-N)
02/28/24  Senate: Substitute #2 by Senator Rouse agreed to
02/28/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB698S4
02/28/24  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N)
02/28/24  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108497D-S4 (51-Y 47-N)
02/28/24  House: VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 47-N)

02/28/24  Senate: Substitute #2 by Senator Rouse agreed to
02/28/24  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N)
02/28/24  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108497D-S4 (51-Y 47-N)
02/28/24  House: VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 47-N)
03/08/24  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB698ER)
03/08/24  House: Signed by Speaker
03/09/24  Senate: Signed by President

03/11/24  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/28/24  Governor: Vetoed by Governor

Bill text here.

SB 696 Marijuana-related offenses; modification of sentence.
Introduced by: Angelia Williams Graves
Creates a process by which persons convicted of certain felony offenses involving the possession, manufacture, selling, giving, distribution, transportation, or delivery of marijuana committed prior to July 1, 2021, who remain incarcerated or on community supervision on July 1, 2024, may receive an automatic hearing to consider modification of such person's sentence. The provisions of this bill sunset on July 1, 2027.
HISTORY
01/19/24  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 24105155D
01/19/24  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/24  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 3-N)
01/31/24  Senate: Committee substitute printed 24106867D-S1
01/31/24  Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/24  Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N)
02/09/24  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 24106867D-S1
02/09/24  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB696S1
02/12/24  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 19-N)
02/15/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/24  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/19/24  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)
02/19/24  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/23/24  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (11-Y 10-N)
02/23/24  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/24  House: Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N)
03/04/24  House: Committee amendments agreed to
03/04/24  House: Passed House with amendments (52-Y 43-N)
03/04/24  House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 43-N)
03/05/24  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N)
03/08/24  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB696ER)
03/08/24  House: Signed by Speaker
03/09/24  Senate: Signed by President

03/11/24  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024

03/28/24  Governor: Vetoed by Governor
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FAILED BILLS

HB 773 Marijuana; criminal penalties.
Introduced by: Charniele L. Herring [D]
Marijuana; criminal penalties. Modifies several criminal penalties related to marijuana, imposes limits on dissemination of criminal history record information related to certain marijuana offenses, and provides a petition process for any person who has been sentenced to jail or to the custody of the Department of Corrections for a marijuana offense to seek a resentencing hearing. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2025.

01/09/24  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

01/31/24  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal

02/05/24  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

Bill text here.

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