Virginia

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.

Mon
13
Apr

Virginia: Governor Approves Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana and Legalize Medical Cannabis

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has approved legislation (

Mon
06
Apr

Virginia Lawmakers Amend Cannabis Laws Anticipating a Safe and Profitable Industry

Medical cannabis will finally be available for sale in Virginia. What you need to know about the new laws, how to become a registered patient, how it could impact the economy, while debunking some of the myths and stigmas preventing federal legalization.

Mon
09
Mar

Virginia: Legislature Approves Decriminalization and Medical Cannabis Bills

Broad changes to marijuana laws swept through the 2020 Virginia General Assembly. Today, the legislature approved SB2 and HB 972  to decriminalize marijuana possession. Those in possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use will no longer be subject to criminal prosecution and will instead face a maximum $25 civil penalty.

Thu
13
Feb

Virginia set to decriminalize marijuana after lawmakers OK bill

Virginia is on track to become the 16th US state to decriminalize marijuana after the state’s House and Senate approved a decriminalization bill this week. 

First, on Monday, the House gave the green light for its decriminalization bill in a vote of 64-34, followed by the state Senate approving its own bill on Tuesday by a vote of 27-13.

The House version foresees a $25 fine for small marijuana possession charges, while the Senate voted for a maximum civil penalty of $50 or 5 hours of community service.

Under Virginia’s current law, low-level weed charges could lead to a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Tue
11
Feb

Virginia House of Delegates Moves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Forward

Virginia took a major step toward becoming the latest state to decriminalize marijuana on Monday, with a bill advancing out of one half of the Commonwealth’s general assembly.

The Democratic-controlled Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 972, a bill that seeks to effectively treat simple marijuana possession like a parking ticket.  If it were to become law, HB 927 would ensure that anyone busted for simple possession of pot would only be subject to a civil penalty carrying a maximum fine of $50. Currently under Virginia law, a first time offense like that could land you in jail for up to 30 days, or with a fine of up to $500.

Tue
04
Feb

Virginia hemp weathers a difficult first year

Optimism was high last year after Gov. Ralph Northam signed House Bill 1839 at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, making it legal for farmers to grow Hemp in Virginia. Most of those good feelings have failed to deliver over the past year. The visualized hemp “promised land” has instead turned out to be a wild wild west, rife with clunky regulations and chaotic markets.

Before commercial legalization, VSU was one of three universities in the state researching hemp and now works with the Virginia Cooperative Extension to spread knowledge about the crop.

Fri
31
Jan

Marijuana Decriminalization Advances in Virginia State Legislature

Virginia may be a step closer to reducing its draconian punishments for small-time cannabis possession. SB2, which would clear some past cannabis-related offenses from individuals’ records and reduce sentencing possession offenses, passed from the State Senate judiciary committee by an 11-2 vote, to the finance committee on Wednesday. 

Fri
10
Jan

Virginia Governor Pushes Marijuana Decrim In State Of The Commonwealth Speech

Virginia’s governor used his annual State of the Commonwealth speech on Wednesday night to call on lawmakers to enact marijuana reform.

“We need to take an honest look at our criminal justice system to make sure we’re treating people fairly and using taxpayer dollars wisely,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said. “This means decriminalizing marijuana possession—and clearing the records of people who’ve gotten in trouble for it.”

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