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 http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/JudicialSystem/Clemency/restoration.cfm

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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