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Cannabis Pop-Ups Trigger Refresher Course on Virginia Laws

Updated: May 24, 2022

When you have a Virginia medical marijuana card, you have a legal way to access a safe and natural therapy for a wide range of disorders. Some cannabis fans in Virginia Beach, however, might have missed that memo! Several popup shops have appeared around the region, causing the local police department to step in and ask that citizens of the Commonwealth voluntarily comply with regulations… before the PD has to step in and investigate! We thought it might be time for a refresher course on the rules around cannabis use and possession in Virginia, so that everyone knows the best and safest way to enjoy their favorite natural medicine.

Growing Cannabis

Yes, the Commonwealth says it’s legal to grow cannabis on your private property. There are, of course, a few rules you have to play by, however. For one, no single household can grow more than 4 plants at a time. Again, that is 4 per household, not 4 per each person living in a household!

Those plants also have to be hidden from easy, public view and the grower has to take precautions to ensure that a person under the age of 21 cannot easily access the plant. Each plant also needs to be tagged and labeled, as well. What should the label say? The label should include the grower’s name, driver’s license or state ID number, and text that states that the plant is being cultivated for personal use as authorized by Virginia state law.


Virginia statutes state that any individual carrying marijuana in public should not carry more than 1 ounce. That individual must also be 21 years or older. This limit is not just for whole flower, but also applies to other medical marijuana products, including gummies, vapes, tinctures, etc.

Some people don’t realize that these limits do not apply to a private home. Within a home, you can “possess” more, but when you are in public, you have to limit what you “carry” to one ounce.


There is also language in Virginia laws regarding how Virginians “share” cannabis. Adults 21 years of age or older are allowed to share their product, provided there is no exchange in kind for the cannabis.

This is where the popups are stirring up a bit of trouble! “Sharing” cannot involve any giveaways or promotions; there can be nothing transactional in a “share”, and no exchange of services in return for cannabis, either.


Finally, of course, there is selling to consider. The only legal way to sell cannabis in the Commonwealth as of this writing is for a registered dispensary to sell a product to a person with a medical marijuana card. Any store or individual who sells cannabis as of this writing is in violation of state law and subject to a felony charge. Recreational sales in Virginia are still months away, at best, remember!

Medical Marijuana – The Best Way to Get the Benefits

While it’s good news that cannabis culture is catching on in the Commonwealth, getting a medical marijuana card and purchasing your cannabis from a registered dispensary is still the best and safest way to enjoy the natural benefits of marijuana. The products created in these dispensaries are carefully curated and regulated, too, ensuring that patients get the best and most therapeutic products. Anyone in Virginia who wants to partake in this natural product should register for their medical marijuana card right away!

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card and Experience Relief ASAP!

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana and find a dispensary in your region? Medical marijuana is a safe and legal option for Virginians looking to address symptoms associated with a wide range of diseases. Your first step is consulting with a doctor who can give you the recommendation you need to access this natural product.

Schedule an appointment with an online VA medical marijuana doctor today to start gaining access to safe and legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more for your loved one or patient!

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safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on

education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by

providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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