Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is moving forward with marijuana reform in the state. One of the bills signed gives judges the discretion to determine whether a person’s driver’s license should be suspended due to a marijuana-related charge. Alternative consequences may be imposed instead of criminal punishment.
The driver’s license law goes into effect in July, according to WHSV 3 News. The second bill allows pharmacies to produce and manufacture CBD and THC-A oil for epilepsy treatment. A third bill, to legalize in-state medical marijuana cultivation failed in the General Assembly.
Jenn Michelle Pedini of Virginia NORML said, “If you lose your license, you have a 40% risk of losing your employment. When we are encouraging people to engage in community service and be productive members of society, nine times out of ten that is going to require someone to have a license.”