Virginia

Thu
16
Jul

Virginia Weed Laws: Decriminalization Breakdown

Virginia’s cannabis decriminalization policy went into effect on July 1 making it the 27th state to decriminalize simple marijuana possession.

The new law reflects recent shifts in public opinion, with 83% of Virginian voters supporting the decriminalization of cannabis, and 61% supporting the legalization of cannabis for adult personal use.

Wed
15
Jul

Virginia Medical Cannabis Sales Set to Commence Within Two Months

Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy awarded five cannabis processing licenses in late 2018, and three of the recipients are expected to begin dispensing cannabis products to patients within the next two months. The program remains rather narrow at the onset, even after several big improvements, but, like many other states, it should expand in the years ahead. In this review, we discuss the history and rules of the program, review the licensed operators and assess the likelihood of growth.

Fri
10
Jul

Virginia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Went Into Effect This Week—What Does That Mean and What’s Next?

As we previously wrote about, Virginia enacted a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana earlier this year. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what that law—which became effective this week—actually means. Despite the label of a “decriminalization” law, it does not actually make possession of marijuana legal; rather, it changes possession of up to an ounce from a crime subject to arrest, jail time, and significant fines, to a civil offense that does not allow for arrest and results in a fine of only $25. The new law also removes the escalating penalties that used to be in place for multiple violations. Growing and distributing marijuana remain crimes subject to arrest and jail or prison time.

Fri
26
Jun

Virginia’s Legislative Black Caucus Pushing For Cannabis Legalization

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Tue
23
Jun

Medical marijuana dispensary MedMen loses license in Virginia. Now Staunton could lose out entirely.

Less than a month after Governor Northam signed the bill to legalize medical marijuana, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy voted to deny MedMen's request for an extension and rescinded their conditional license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Staunton. 

The Board of Pharmacy voted to move forward with a Request For Applications with the timeframe to be announced, according to Virginia NORML's website. This means medical cannabis companies can once again apply for a license in the state.

Tue
02
Jun

Data Shows Decrease In Marijuana Arrests in Virginia In 2019

Arrests for marijuana

Tue
26
May

Virginia decriminalises possession of cannabis

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation on decriminalising marijuana possession in the state.

The new law goes into effect 1 July.

Governor Northam, a Democrat, signed two identical bills, Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 972, creating a civil penalty of no more than $25 for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, with no jail time.

Virginia House Majority Leader Charnielle Herring, who proposed the House bill, said it was a significant step to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Thu
21
May

Virginia: CBD in Food Bill Signed Into Law

Virginia legislation to allow CBD in food products has been officially passed into law, reports the Associated Press.

According to the AP’s report, the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and its derivatives no longer classified as controlled substances by the federal government, so the crop can be grown and distributed in most states. But under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, it is illegal to add CBD to food.

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Tue
12
May

States makes push to regulate CBD in food with no FDA policy in sight

Nearly a year and a half after the U.S. legalized hemp via the 2018 Farm bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still hasn’t hashed out regulation regarding the use of CBD in food. 

Thu
23
Apr

Virginia governor signs bill to regulate CBD in food

 

Even without federal regulatory action, Virginia now allows CBD in food products, providing clarity in the state for a topic that is murky in federal law, at best. The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and its derivatives no longer classified as controlled substances by the federal government, so the crop can be grown and distributed in most states. But under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, it is illegal to add CBD to food.

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