- Code of Virginia, § 18.2 – 251.1. Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes permitted (1979)
- Senate Bill 1406 Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, etc. (Adult – April 2021)
- House Bill 2312 Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, etc. (Adult – April 2021)
- A list of cannabis dispensing facilities is included here.
- The Board may issue or renew a maximum of 5 (five) permits for cannabis dispensing facilities in each Health Service Area. The cannabis dispensing facility must be owned, at least in part, by the pharmaceutical processor permitted in that area. Click here for a list of the five Health Service Areas and here for a map. The Health Service Areas were established by the Virginia Board of Health.
- The Virginia Board of Pharmacy uses an Inspection Form for regulating all Processing and Dispensing Facilities. A sample Pharmaceutical Processor & Dispensing Facility Inspection Report is included here.
- Maryland – Medical ONLY
- North Carolina – None
- Tennessee – None
- Kentucky – None
- West Virginia – Medical ONLY
- Washington DC – Medical and Adult Use
- Virginia Department of Health Professions: Board of Pharmacy
- The Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (not yet created). Click here for a list of the duties of the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority.
- Banks: 67
- Credit Unions: 111
Code of Virginia, Title 4.1 Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control, Subtitle II. Cannabis Control Act, Chapter 6. General Provisions, Section 4.1-621. Certain information not to be made public:
Neither the Board nor its employees shall divulge any information regarding (i) financial reports or records required pursuant to this subtitle; (ii) the purchase orders and invoices for retail marijuana or retail marijuana products filed with the Board by marijuana wholesaler licensees; (iii) taxes collected from, refunded to, or adjusted for any person; or (iv) information contained in the seed-to-sale tracking system maintained by the Board pursuant to § 4.1-611. The provisions of § 58.1-3 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to taxes collected pursuant to this subtitle and to purchase orders and invoices for retail marijuana or retail marijuana products filed with the Board by marijuana wholesaler licensees.
Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the use or release of such information or documents by the Board to any governmental or law-enforcement agency, or when considering the granting, denial, revocation, or suspension of a license or permit, or the assessment of any penalty against a licensee or permittee, nor shall this section prohibit the Board or its employees from compiling and disseminating to any member of the public aggregate statistical information pertaining to (a) tax collection, as long as such information does not reveal or disclose tax collection from any identified licensee; (b) the total amount of retail marijuana or retail marijuana products sales in the Commonwealth by marijuana wholesaler licensees collectively; or (c) the total amount of purchases or sales submitted by licensees, provided that such information does not identify the licensee.
Adult use sales will not start until 2024.
Adults over the age of 21 are allowed to possess:
- 1 (one) ounce of cannabis for personal use.
- A person 21 years of age or older may cultivate up to four marijuana plants for personal use at their place of residence; however, at no point shall a household contain more than 4 (four) marijuana plants. For purposes of this section, a “household” means those individuals, whether related or not, who live in the same house or other place of residence.
On July 1, 2021, the law authorized the creation of the Cannabis Control Authority (CCA), a new, independent political subdivision (“an authority”) to regulate the marijuana industry, including issuing licenses for businesses, creating health and safety guidelines, and promoting diversity within the industry. . On July 19, 2021, Governor Northam appointed members of the Cannabis Control Authority’s Board of Directors. The Board, along with a CEO, will lead the creation of an adult-use marketplace. The CCA will not complete marijuana regulations or begin accepting applications for businesses before 2023.
Section 54.1-3442.7. Dispensing Cannabis Products; Report:
The amount of medical cannabis that a patient may purchase is determined by the patient’s certifying practitioner. Patients may purchase up to a 90-day supply of cannabis. No more than 4 (four) ounces of botanical cannabis (flower) for each 30-day period for which botanical cannabis is dispensed. A pharmaceutical processor or cannabis dispensing facility may dispense less than a 90-day supply. In determining the appropriate amount of a cannabis product to be dispensed to a patient, a pharmaceutical processor or cannabis dispensing facility shall consider all cannabis products dispensed to the patient and adjust the amount dispensed accordingly.
A patient, or, if such patient is a minor or an incapacitated adult as defined in § 18.2-369, such patient’s parent or legal guardian, may designate an individual to act as his registered agent for the purposes of receiving cannabis products pursuant to a valid written certification. Such designated individual shall register with the Board. The Board may set a limit on the number of patients for whom any individual is authorized to act as a registered agent.
State Cannabis Regulatory Authority
Questions can also be emailed to:
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Bureau of Financial Institutions
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Bureau of Financial Institutions – SCC
P.O. Box 640
Richmond, Virginia 23218
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