Virginia: Changes to Marijuana Laws Take Effect July 1

Today marks the one year anniversary of legalization in Virginia and multiple changes to marijuana law take effect.  Public Possession Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin signed the 2022 budget bill which contains language recriminalizing activities involving the personal possession of over four ounces of marijuana in public. Under the new law, the public possession of over […]

Virginia: Approved Budget Recriminalizes Public Marijuana Possession Over Four Ounces of Marijuana

Today, the Virginia General Assembly voted to approve the budget bill which contains language to recriminalize personal possession of over four ounces of marijuana in public. The language, which creates two new misdemeanors, will take effect immediately upon Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s signature on the budget. Currently, the personal possession in public of more than […]

Virginia: Gov. Youngkin Moves to Re-criminalize Personal Possession of Marijuana

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is seeking to re-criminalize certain activities specific to the possession of marijuana in Virginia.  The Governor has proposed an amendment in the nature of a substitute to SB 591 which would create two new misdemeanors for personal marijuana possession.  Currently, the personal possession of more than one ounce of marijuana by […]

Virginia: Governor Youngkin Signs Legislation to Improve Medical Cannabis Program

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin has signed HB 933 and SB 671, to provide numerous operational improvements to the state’s medical cannabis program, including eliminating the requirement that patients register with the Board of Pharmacy after receiving their written certification from a registered practitioner.  “These legislative improvements will bring great relief to the thousands of Virginians […]

Virginia: Senate Approves Adult-use Cannabis Retail Sales in Bipartisan Vote

Today, the Virginia Senate approved Senate Bill 391 in a historic bipartisan vote to regulate the retail sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older. Sales could begin as early as September 15, 2023 at the state’s existing medical dispensaries. The bill also provides for the licensing of additional cultivation, manufacturing, retail, and wholesale businesses […]

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