Home cultivation became legal on July 1, 2021. Adults 21 and older are now allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants per household (not per person) for their personal use. Plants can only be grown at your primary residence. If marijuana is widely available in Virginia, Adams said she would like to see Virginia`s medical program become even more patient- and practitioner-centered. She and Baldwin expressed concern that some practitioners viewed written certifications as a commercial undertaking rather than a way to support patient care. No Republicans voted for the bill. Some had spoken in favour of the measure, but said they were opposed to the pro-union language inserted by Northam, although the change will not take effect unless it is approved again next year. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday announced 16 appointments to three newly created agencies overseeing the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth.
With recreational marijuana use recently legalized, Virginia`s attorney general is looking for candidates interested in becoming the state`s first cannabis advocate. It is illegal to sell marijuana seeds, clones, flowers, or other parts of the marijuana plant in Virginia. When Virginia legalized weed last summer, Perkins, 32, decided to party with his first big party. He invited vendors and a DJ. Smoke filled the air as a few hundred people celebrated legalization. He thought he could turn it into a business – a members-only social club where cannabis users could enjoy the newly legalized plant together. With recreational sales stalled for the foreseeable future, Virginia`s medical cannabis program remains the only way for most residents to legally acquire marijuana without growing it themselves. However, there are currently only 46,935 registered patients in Virginia, according to the Pharmacy Council — a small number compared to the state`s total population of more than 8.6 million. Under HB 972, signed by Governor Ralph Northam on May 21, 2020, four members of the Governor`s Cabinet (the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security) were selected to lead a group of government officials, policy experts, health professionals and community leaders who will assess the impact of legalizing the sale and personal use of marijuana in Virginia. The group was invited to submit a report by November 30, 2020.  Tensions over how to exploit a legal market for a substance once vilified as a gateway drug to heroin are not new.
A decade after Colorado and Washington were the first to legalize recreational marijuana, debates remain about how to develop and regulate the sale of something that is readily available in the shadows. Even states with legal markets struggle to eliminate the influence of unlicensed sellers. In California, the illicit market is so vast and the taxes are so high that legal operators have a hard time competing. In many states, recreational legalization and commercialization have taken place simultaneously, opening the door to this lucrative new market. Like the gold seekers who flocked west to find their fortunes more than 150 years ago, “green rush” entrepreneurs fled to the first West Coast legalization states, hoping to get a share of the new market. “It`s because some activists want to legalize marijuana,” said Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt. “And they want it legalized now, the consequences are damned.” While marijuana is legal in Virginia, recreational sales aren`t, so people who want to smoke have few legal ways to get their hands on heads, and entrepreneurs eager to operate lawfully are increasingly tired of working in the shade.
For the state`s emerging cannabis companies, navigating Virginia`s gray area required creativity and a brazen willingness to push boundaries as they watched lawmakers mumble this year on how best to create the framework for a legal market. Proponents of libertarianism support the legalization of what they see as victimless crimes, such as recreational drug and alcohol use, gun ownership, and prostitution. Higgs Wise sat in a DC coffee shop wearing earrings with the words “legalize the right” on either side, urging people to remember that there are two sides to the traditional market: people selling and people buying. And Gastañaga said she believes the permission to grow four plants will trump the property line. “So if you`re growing in your home and you`re following home grow regulations, and you`re not in public, then I think the one-ounce limit doesn`t apply to what you have in your home,” she said. On a sweltering Friday night in July, he jumped the alleyways of Chesapeake, Virginia, en route to a “cannaversary” event that marked one year since Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize homeownership. When the bus stopped, he carried his art up the stairs and into a clearing, where vendors lined up tables of THC-infused cakes and Tupperware containers filled with buds to sell and show. Legal rollover? A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, and he`s gaining support.
In April 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam approved a bill to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana, which went into effect on July 1, 2020.