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Friday Notes: Could Virginia become pro pot?

The Senate passed a bill on Thursday allowing people convicted of first-offense marijuana possession to keep their driver’s license. Almost 40,000 Virginians lose their licenses each year according to Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), a sponsor of the bill.

A similar bill exists in the House.

SB784 passed 38-2 and will move into the House for vote after crossover day. Many legislators are slated to approve the measure as it givens Virginians a second-chance for a non-violent offense. And with a handful of states approving measures to legalize marijuana, the pressure is mounting.

The Senate also approved a bill to cover more ailments being treated by pot derivatives. Patients with HIV, cancer, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions will be able to access THC-A oil under the legislation.

Stricken indefinitely in the Courts of Justice was SB1124 (Sen. Surovell, D- Mount Vernon), which would reduce the penalty for adultery from a Class 4 misdemeanor to a civil penalty of no more than $250 by a 10-4 vote.

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