Recently, we provided you with exciting updates about Virginia’s progress toward decriminalizing marijuana. An important part of the discussion around decriminalizing marijuana is the distinction between decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. While Virginia has passed a bill that goes into effect today, July 1, 2020, to decriminalize marijuana, it is important to note that marijuana remains illegal. Decriminalization merely makes simple possession of marijuana a civil offense instead of a criminal offense. However, marijuana is not legal in Virginia. Additionally, you should be aware that while simple possession of marijuana up to one ounce is no longer a criminal offense, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, as well as possession of THC oil and “wax,” remain a criminal offense with serious consequences. Any Whitestone Young attorney can assist you with navigating the differences between decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, as well as criminal charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of THC Oil or “wax.”
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