Virginia Bill to Legalize Marijuana Killed, but Indiana Votes to Study Pot

There are 29 U.S. states, which have legalized medical marijuana, while nine states have permitted the recreational use of cannabis. (File image via AFP)
There are 29 U.S. states, which have legalized medical marijuana, while nine states have permitted the recreational use of cannabis. (File image via AFP)

After legalization in California and Vermont, the trend to legalize marijuana is spreading across the United States.

A bill to legalize half-ounce or less of marijuana possession in the state of Virginia has been rejected by its House subcommittee, the Virginian Pilot reported on Thursday.

Rejecting bill HB 1063 will add more hindrance to the legalization of marijuana in the western state.

The bill was expected to replace a $500 maximum fine and 30 days maximum jail time with a maximum $250 civil fine for a first offense, the daily reported. Second and subsequent offenses would be $1,000.

Meanwhile, another bill, HB 1251, which advocated for the medical use of cannabidiol oil, or THC-A oil, prescribed by doctors did pass unanimously.

A bill is also in the works to expunge conviction records for first-time minors. 

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Indiana

However, in another western state, Indiana, the House unanimously voted on Thursday to study the possibility of legalizing marijuana.  

The local daily –  The IndyStar – said: “Even the most conservative lawmakers voted for it.”

The resolution was also offered by one of the top House Republican leaders, Majority Floor Leader Rep. Matt Lehman.

The online newspaper explained that a legislation is a House Resolution, and it doesn’t need to be voted on by the Senate.

“That means if three of the four legislative leaders from both parties agree to study medical marijuana, it will be assigned to a study committee this summer,” it said.

There are 29 U.S. states, which have legalized medical marijuana, while nine states have permitted the recreational use of cannabis.

California on Jan. 1 became the eighth state to legalize marijuana, and Vermont followed to be the ninth. However, Vermont continues to prohibit the sale of cannabis.

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