Governor McAuliffe signs two marijuana reform bills

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — Governor Mcauliffe signed two marijuana reform bills in March, one addressing drivers’ license suspension and the other, medical cannabidiol oil.

In Virginia, violators can face their drivers’ license to be automatically suspended for six months with any drug possession charge, not involving a motor vehicle.

The new reform allows a judge to look at each case to determine whether a drivers license should be suspended with alternatives including community service.

Virginia NORML, an organization focused on marijuana reform in the Commonwealth, hopes the new law will help lower-income communities.

“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,” said Executive Director Jenn Michelle Pedini.

The drivers’ license bill goes into effect in July. The bill allows certain pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide the oil is already in effect.

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