Under Virginia’s law, buying and selling marijuana will remain illegal until Jan. 1, 2024, when retail sales are expected to begin. Smoking marijuana in public also remains against the law.
“We want to do this the right way, and what that means is ending the disparate enforcement, which is going to make a huge change in the lives of thousands of Virginians,” said Alena Yarmosky, Gov. Ralph Northam’s spokeswoman. She said the administration also recognizes the “reality” that “people have marijuana now,” even though it is illegal in Virginia.
People will be allowed to share small amounts of seeds with one another, but they can’t sell them.
“People still need to be careful — this is not an official open marijuana market,” Ebbin said.
Virginia NORML has a page on its website to answer frequently asked questions and clear up confusion. The state also launched a website to answer questions about the new law.
“Most states have a large robust medical cannabis program. When you hear concerns over Virginia’s current medical operators potentially dominating the future adult-use market, it’s laughable because there are only four of them.”
If they buy pot out of state and bring it in state to roll/smoke, is that illegal?
“Virginia missed the opportunity,” said Pedini. “The next opportunity will be the next legislative session in 2022 or a legislative special session.”
What can Virginians do?
“It is illegal to transport any cannabis across any state lines.”
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“Ultimately, there was a big push by Virginians to say you need to stop the harm now. Decriminalization, as NORML long warned, was never going to be a solution. Data has shown it did nothing to reduce the disproportionate enforcement of marijuana laws between Black and white Virginians.”
States regulate a pathway for adult consumers to shop at medical cannabis dispensaries. Until Virginia implements this, there will be no legal way for adults to obtain seeds or clones until adult-use retail cannabis locations are opened — potentially, in 2024, Pedini explained.