Marijuana and Abused Animals Topics of Legislation in Richmond
Two bills to decriminalize marijuana by punishing possession of small amounts with a civil fine instead of a criminal misdemeanor were not approved by a Senate committee on Monday. But it’s not because the senators were necessarily opposed. Consideration of such legislation in Virginia is an issue on which the state hasn’t done much study, and the Virginia State Crime Commission will be studying decriminalization of marijuana.
Animals that have been abused may soon have a chance at a better life if proposed legislation passes in the Virginia General Assembly. The new law would make it a felony to even harm an animal, which is much tougher than the current standard.