Is cannabis (marijuana) legal in Virginia?

Updated: Jul 20

Last update: 7/20/21



The state of Virginia has recently passed legislation to legalize some aspects of cannabis possession on July 1st, 2021 and to work towards creating a recreational cannabis market by the year of 2024.


It is very important to become familiar with current state laws and regulations concerning cannabis growing, possession, sale, and consumption in order to stay safe and use responsibly.


In order to help Virginians and visitors understand the law, we’ve put together a page of resources for learning the evolving cannabis laws. These resources will be updated regularly.



The Laws


VA HB1862 - Employee protections; medicinal use of cannabis oil.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB1862


VA HB1988 - Cannabis oil; processing and dispensing by pharmaceutical processors.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB1988


VA HB2113 - Criminal records; sealing of records, Sealing Fee Fund created, penalties, report.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB2113


VA HB2218 - Pharmaceutical processors; permits processors to produce & distribute cannabis products.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB2218


VA HB2312 - Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, etc.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB2312


VA HB2315 - Marijuana; local referendum on the legalization, report.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?211+sum+HB2315


VA SB1333 - Pharmaceutical processors; permits processors to produce & distribute cannabis products.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+SB1333


VA SB1339 - Criminal records; sealing of records, Sealing Fee Fund created, penalties, report.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+SB1339


VA SB1406 - Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, etc.

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+SB1406





FAQS


Virginia Cannabis FAQ: The official government FAQ on what is and is not legal when it comes to cannabis in Virginia. https://www.cannabis.virginia.gov/


Virginia Penalties: Overview of the laws and penalties for breaking them in the state of Virginia. https://norml.org/laws/virginia-penalties-2/


Know your Rights, ACLU: Break down on your rights as a Virginian and the new laws on cannabis. https://acluva.org/VAMarijuana101



The Government Boards


The Latest News: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/july/headline-898865-en.html



Get Political


Have an opinion on how to make legalization better for everyone? Here is some contact information. Reach out!


Email the Governor

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/


Find your Legislator and reach out

https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov




Mark your Calendar


(Check here for any political or legal actions and dates concerning cannabis.)


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