Illegal under Code § 18.2-248Possessing psilocybin is considered a Class 5 felony. This kind of felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of $2,500.
If SB262 and HB898 are passed, these bills would reduce the penalty for possession of psilocybin, psilocin, ibogaine and peyote for individuals aged 21 and over from a Class 5 felony to a civil offense carrying a maximum $100 fine.
SB262: A Bill to amend and reenact §§ 15.2-1627, 18.2-250, and 18.2-251.02 of the Code of Virginia, relating 5 to possession of psilocybin; civil penalty.
Overview: Bill would decriminalize possession of psilocybin and psilocin
Status: Passed in the Judiciary Committee; next steps currently unknown.
What you can do: Call your state legislator and tell them to advance the bill to the full State Senate.
HB898: Hallucinogens or psychoactive substances; possession, civil penalty.
Overview: Bill calls for the decriminalization of peyote and ibogaine possession in addition to psilocybin and psilocin.
Status: Continued (delayed) by voice vote to 2023.
What you can do: Call your state legislator and tell them to advance the bill to the full Virginia House.
Virginia lawmakers propose decriminalizing psychedelic mushroomsPublish Date: January 14, 2022
Overview: Three Virginia lawmakers have introduced legislation that would end felony penalties for possession of psychedelic mushrooms, citing the drug’s growing acceptance in medicinal contexts.
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