Marijuana; possession or distribution for medical purposes. (HB1605)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. Allows a person to possess marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol pursuant to a recommendation of a prescriber acting in the course of his professional practice and allows a medical doctor or pharmacist to distribute such substances in the course of his professional practice without being subject to prosecution and eliminates the requirement that marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol be recommended and dispensed solely for the treatment of cancer or glaucoma. The bill also clarifies that the penalties for forging or altering a recommendation for medical marijuana or for making or uttering a false or forged recommendation are the same as the penalties for committing the same acts with regard to prescriptions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101924D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB1605)
02/10/2015Left in Courts of Justice


M. Stewart writes:

This bill is more comprehensive than hb1445 and seems a better way to go.

Helen G writes:

This bill should not become law. Please don't ruin our beautiful state.

Shawn M. writes:

it wont ruin the state marijuana is a great medicinal herb and i believe it should be passed 100% no doubt about it.

gee vill writes:

i dont see how all these states make this legal when it comes to filling out paper work for buying a gun did the feds change the requirements for gun purchase or are people lieing when buying a gun and what happens when caught

robert legge writes:

Helen. How in the world does providing medicine to someone make the state less beautiful?

V Landers writes:

Medical marijuana needs to be passed so more people will not lose eyesight like i did in 2000. Now it would save me about $2200 and medicare a large amount. Do not want to lose my eye ball.
People should consider the fear of loss of sight.

Neal Frankel writes:

People have used marijuana for thousands of years for medicinal and recreational purposes and it became an illegal substance at the beginning of the 20th century, fairly recent history. The majority of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized for adults, regulated and taxed similar to how we treat alcohol consumption. Many, many people find relief from chronic conditions such as cancer, arthritis, epilepsy and PTSD by using marijuana.

We should at the very least allow those who find relief from chronic medical conditions the opportunity to possess and consume marijuana without the threat of arrest, incarceration and being fined. Marijuana prohibition imposes a significant economic burden on our State and it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate.

Neal Frankel writes:

January 14, 2015, HB 1605 impact statement received from VCSC, which is the "Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (which) is a judicial branch agency established in accordance with § 17.1-800, et seq., of the Code of Virginia. The Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission is comprised of 17 members who are appointed by the Chief Justice, the Governor, and the General Assembly. At least one member must be a victim of crime or a representative of a crime victims’ organization."

"The Commission is charged with developing, implementing, and administering felony sentencing guidelines used in circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth. The sentencing guidelines, which are discretionary, provide circuit court judges with a range of recommended sentencing options. Training and education are ongoing activities of the Commission. The Commission provides sentencing guidelines seminars throughout the year, as well as numerous publications and other materials. The agency conducts a variety of criminal justice research on such subjects as offender risk assessment, recidivism, and violations of probation. The Commission is also responsible for performing analyses to assess the fiscal impact of proposed criminal justice legislation."

Does anyone have information on the impact statement ?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Does anyone have information on the impact statement ?

Yup, it's linked to in the sidebar. It's disappointing, at best: it concludes that the fiscal impact "cannot be determined." It contains this useful information and explanation:

According to General District Court Case Management System (CMS) data for fiscal year (FY) 2013 and FY2014, a misdemeanor conviction for simple possession of marijuana was the primary, or most serious, offense in 23,153 cases. Approximately 20% of these offenders received a local-responsible (jail) term, for which the median sentence was 15 days. The majority (80%) did not receive an active term of incarceration to serve after sentencing. Existing data sources do not contain sufficient detail to estimate the number of offenders who might be able to obtain marijuana through a valid medical recommendation, if the proposal were enacted.