Virginia

Wed
25
Nov

West VA’s Office Of Medical Cannabis Hopes To Have Sales Start In Spring

A close up of marijuana leaf within greenhouse grow

The state Office of Medical Cannabis is continuing to move forward with approving applications for medical marijuana businesses with hopes of having dispensaries open in the spring.

Officials earlier this month approved applications for medical cannabis processors, which will use the plants to create pills, creams and other products for medical use, as well as prepare the plants to be used in a dry leaf form.

“It will be a fairly labor-intensive process,” Office Director Jason Frame said. “They’re using chemical processes and physical processes to extract certain parts of these plants for medicinal use.

While the 10 approved processors have offices in West Virginia, some companies have experience in other areas.

Mon
23
Nov

8 big decisions facing Virginia lawmakers as they debate marijuana legalization

bag of Marijuana

 

The marijuana legalization debate moved into the mainstream of Virginia politics this week when Gov. Ralph Northam announced he’ll propose legislation in January allowing recreational use of the drug.

As lawmakers begin to seriously consider what a legal marijuana market might look like in Virginia, here’s a preview of some of the looming policy decisions identified by Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission, which recently released a 200-page report on the issue.

Wed
18
Nov

Virginia Governor Announces Plans To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Less than two weeks after five states voted to legalize cannabis in this month’s election, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Monday that he would introduce legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana in the state. The move comes as his administration prepares to release a report on the impact that cannabis legalization is likely to have on the state.

Tue
17
Nov

What a legalized marijuana market could look like for Va.

If Virginia legalizes marijuana, sales could generate up to $300 million in annual state tax revenue and create 11,000 jobs, according to a Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission (JLARC) report issued Monday. But legalizing the drug would not be without hurdles.

Mon
02
Nov

The 21 Ballot Measures We’re Watching This Election

People who say that the U.S. is a republic and not a democracy apparently haven’t heard of ballot measures. Every year, some states1 allow citizens to bypass their elected representatives and weigh in directly on an issue — bringing policy to the forefront of the campaign in a way it often is not in candidate elections.

Fri
30
Oct

4 Overdoses, Including 1 Fatality, Linked to Possibly Tainted Marijuana in Northern Virginia

Health officials suspect possible opioid overdoses in cases linked to hospitalizations of marijuana users in Prince William County.

Fri
09
Oct

If her daughter was sick and weed could help, U.S. congresswoman says she would break the rules, too

A Virginia congresswoman could picture herself defying U.S. federal law if her own daughter was sick and a marijuana medication would help, she told a couple whose daughter uses cannabis to combat symptoms of a rare form of brain cancer.

Whispering to Melanie Davis, Madison’s mother, Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria told her in a video posted on Facebook, “I’d want to do the same thing for my daughter if I ever had to make that choice.”

Tue
06
Oct

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bills To Ban Searches Based On Marijuana Odor

Lawmakers in Virginia have passed two bills that prohibit law enforcement officers from conducting warrantless searches based solely on the odor of marijuana. The measures, Senate Bill 5029 and House Bill 5058, have been approved by both legislative bodies and await the signature of Democratic. Gov. Ralph Northam to become law.

Tue
01
Sep

Virginia Senate Passes Anti-Stop, Sniff, and Search Bill

Virginia made history last week when the state Senate approved a bill that would stop police officers from pulling over and searching vehicles simply because they smell of cannabis. The bill is meant to help stop racial profiling against people of color. 

Mon
31
Aug

Virginia lawmakers move to ban police searches based on the smell of marijuana

Todd Zinicola is pretty sure it’s the only time someone has smoked a Black & Mild cigar in a Virginia courtroom at the request of a judge.

He was defending a client in Fairfax who police searched after saying they smelled marijuana during a routine traffic stop. But Zinicola argued in court that it was impossible for the state trooper to smell the drug, wrapped in two layers of plastic wrap in the back seat, over the overpowering scent of the Black & Mild the man was smoking at the time.

The judge, Jane Marum Roush, who would go on to serve a brief term on the Supreme Court of Virginia, was unfamiliar with the product’s smell and invited him to light it, according to a transcript of the hearing.

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