2017 has been a year of change and reformation. Between the new administration and increase in community activism, new movements and trends are popping up across the country. One trend that started on the west coast and has traveled east has been the marijuana movement. Finally, decades after its beginning, the regulated medical marijuana market has made it to Virginia.
Virginia calls itself the bellwether state – meaning that it is a middle-of-the-road jurisdiction without the wild left or right variance seen in other parts of the United States. However, when it comes to marijuana prohibition and policies, Virginia is far behind the curve. In fact, now that both Mexico and Canada have done away with national prohibition of marijuana, Virginia remains one of the most punitive states in North America.
Virginia Medical Marijuana laws?
Currently, there is no legal possession of marijuana flower in the commonwealth. Virginia only allows for medical marijuana is in an oil extract formulation of CBD/THC-A, with small amounts of THC. Patient’s are not offered totally legal marijuana. Rather, patients have an affirmative defense to possession provided the patient has the needed doctor’s certification. The patients must be on Virginia’s list of the approved disease. That is not a typo. Currently, the Virginia Legislature has only approved one patient group – Virginian’s afflicted with intractable epilepsy. Importantly, Virginia law now allows for medical marijuana in Virginia.
I am interested in becoming a medical marijuana provider in Virginia. What do I do?
First, contact Virginia Cannabis Group. We offer a free initial consultation regarding entry into Virginia’s hyper-restrictive marijuana market. If you are interested, Virginia Cannabis Group provides a variety of services. Consulting includes capital raising, business formation filing, networking opportunities, and legislative services with all levels of Virginia government. Prices depend on the service provided. Contact us today for more information!
How Do I expand medical marijuana to be allow for my disease, or the disease affecting my loved one?
Virginia Cannabis Group is a professional lobbying firm that has the skills and expertise needed to push successful reform through the difficult Virginia Legislature. There are significant costs associated with lobbying legislators who are only in session for a few months out of the year, particularly because of the size of the Commonwealth. Marijuana pharmacies will be able to operate successfully in Virginia only by expanding permitted access to medical marijuana patients. You can support reform of marijuana law across the state and allow for increased patient access and market options.