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An Update on Virginia’s Recreational Marijuana Market
Marijuana was legalized in Virginia last November, but people cannot go into recreational dispensaries and purchase products just yet. Although it is legal to possess small amounts of recreational cannabis, there is no way to purchase it at the moment.
Basically, the state has not yet legalized the sale of recreational cannabis. What are they waiting on? Well, according to Governor Youngkin, they are more focused on regulating the dangerous delta 8 products that are popping up everywhere in Virginia at the moment.
These products are being mislabeled and putting consumers at risk with confusing claims. Although it makes sense to take these issues seriously, residents are wondering why recreational marijuana was legalized in the first place if the sale of it is not also legal.
Bills that would establish recreational cannabis sales in 2024 or 2025 have been filed, but the progress on them has been pretty stagnant for some time.
As for topical oils and gummies, the sale is legal sometimes, only if the products are in a specific type of bag with warning labels.
Both Democrats and Republicans have proposed bills for the 2023 session that would create a retail market for recreational cannabis, but the Governor does not seem to be prioritizing this issue.
What Is Currently Legal?
As of now, Virginia’s recreational market is non-existent. However, qualifying patients can still apply for their medical marijuana card and, if approved, purchase medical products from a dispensary.
Adults may also grow up to four cannabis plants at home or receive cannabis as a gift. However, not everybody has the resources to do this, which is why people want access to recreational dispensaries as soon as possible.
The plants, if home grown, must not be visible from the street and may not be accessible to anyone under the age of 21. The plants must also have a tag with the person’s name, drivers license number, and a message stating that the plant is being grown for personal use.
An ounce of cannabis may be shared between two adults over the age of 21 as long as no money is exchanged. This would include anything of value.
Adults can legally possess up to one ounce of recreational cannabis at the moment, which is not very much. They can also smoke recreational marijuana in the privacy of their own homes.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Recreational marijuana may be legal in Virginia, but it does not mean much if there are no recreational dispensaries for people to purchase products from. Until then, adults may grow their own.
There is no telling how long it will take for recreational dispensaries to open their doors, but we would assume it will be at least a couple of years. So, if you would like to visit a medical dispensary until then, you will need your medical card.
In order to qualify for your medical marijuana card, you will need to have a condition that would make you eligible. If you aren’t sure if you would qualify, give us a call and we can answer any questions you may have about the process.
If you don’t already have yours, no worries. We can help! If you think you could benefit from medical marijuana, there is a good chance you would qualify for your medical card in the State of Virginia. With telemedicine, it is now easier than ever to get your medical card from the comfort of your own home!
In Virginia, any inhibiting condition could qualify you for your medical card. If you don’t already have it, we can help! Schedule an evaluation online today and we’ll make an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors.
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