Virginia has passed legislation to legalize marijuana under House Bill 2312. However, legalization of simple possession and home cultivation will not go into effect until July 1, 2021. Retail sales and other provisions of the bill are slated for 2024, however that timeline may change. Virginia began sales of medical marijuana in mid-October of 2020. The state took its first steps towards a medical system when it created an affirmative defense for CBD or Low-THC preparations with two bills in 2015, Senate Bill 1235 and House Bill 1445. However it wasn’t until Senate Bill 976, passed in the 2020 legislative session, that rules for actual sales and distribution were established.
Adults 21 and older in the state will be allowed to legally possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis starting July 1, 2021. Medical patients may possess up to a “90-day supply” of cannabis. The state has yet to set a standardized amount for what constitutes a 90 day-supply. Currently, it is determined on an individual basis based on the patient’s consultation with a recommending pharmacist. However, possession is decriminalized in the state, punishable by a $25 fine.
Though final purchasing limits for recreational cannabis are not yet established (and dispensaries are not open yet), they are likely to match the possession limit of 1 ounce of cannabis, or its equivalent. A medical patient may not purchase more than their 90-day possession limit in a 90-day period. Purchase limits are set on an individual basis. R
Recreational and Medical marijuana cannot be consumed in public in any way, and can only be consumed in a private residence or property. Though Virginia has passed legislation to allow for recreational consumption, consumption is currently not allowed, and will begin July 1, 2021. The new laws are slated to be enacted in 2024.
Driving Under the Influence
Virginia’s recreational and medical marijuana laws do not change the definition of impairment. It is still possible to get a DUI if driving under the influence or while using medical marijuana. The same is expected to be true for recreational cannabis as well, once laws go into effect.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Virginia
Virginia does not have a set list of qualifying medical conditions. Any physician certified with the Board of Pharmacy may recommend cannabis for any ailment they feel might benefit from it. Minors are eligible as well, but must assign a parent/caregiver in order to use the state’s medical marijuana system.
Not only does Virginia not offer reciprocity, it might be the only state that explicitly states Virginia medical marijuana cards are not valid in other states. This means that VA cardholders might not be able to shop in other states that do allow reciprocity. It is best to check with local regulations before attempting to purchase.
Where to Get Marijuana in Virginia
Medical dispensaries are open as of October, 2020. Recreational dispensaries are not open yet, and are slated to begin sales in 2024. However, that timeline may change in the years in-between. Check out our dispensary listings to find a location near you!
Virginia will allow adults 21+ to grow up to 4 plants starting July 1, 2021. All medical cannabis must be obtained from a licensed dispensary.
Rules regarding marijuana delivery are yet to be established.