Do HB 972 and SB 2 promote equitable marijuana reform?
House Bill 972 and Senate Bill 2 have moved forward in the Virginia General Assembly to “decriminalize” marijuana. How equitable are these bills?
House Bill 972
Criminalizes youth
Gives police discretion to write summons or take people downtown
Allows police to see possession charges on peoples’ records
Institutes a $25 civil penalty
Senate Bill 2
Provides youth with services instead of jail
Makes giving a summons the standard for simple marijuana possession
“Decriminalizes” up to 1 oz of marijuana possession
Institutes a $50 civil penalty