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WIRE: Virginia governor amends mandatory driver’s suspension law for cannabis

Richmond, VA — Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation into law amending the state’s mandatory driver’s suspension law.

Under existing law, defendants convicted of a marijuana violation lose their driving privileges for six months, even in instances where the offense was not driving related.

Under the new legislation, SB 1091, the mandatory suspension will no longer apply to adults convicted of simple marijuana possession offenses.

The new law takes effect July 1, 2017.

States like Virginia enacted drivers’ suspension laws at the behest of the federal government decades ago. This week, members of Congress introduced legislation, ‘The Better Driver Act,’ to eliminate federal provisions that encourage states to suspend drivers’ licenses in situations involving non-traffic related minor drug violations.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Virginia NORML.

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