Possession of narcotic drugs, including marijuana, is deemed illegal in Virginia by statute. The concept of possession has been a major contro- versy in criminal proceedings in Virginia and other states. Generally, legal possession has meant the holding of property in one's own power or command. There may be either an actual physical holding, which consists of the power to control the property plus the intent to control the property, or constructive possession, where there is an absence of actual physical control, but a capacity to control along with the intent to control such property.
Possession of Narcotic Drugs,
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