Marijuana Laws in Virginia Continue to Shift in the Right Direction
In the Commonwealth, laws are continuing in the right direction toward both decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana.
…..but what is the difference between decriminalization and legalization? I’m glad you asked.
Decriminalization vs Legalization
If you are following the marijuana program in Virginia, it’s good to know the difference between decriminalization and legalization so you can understand exactly what the laws mean.
Decriminalization is the process of removing all criminal sanctions against an act or behavior.
If cannabis is just decriminalized, it would mean that the legal system would not prosecute a person for possession over a specified amount. However, it would still be illegal. If marijuana were decriminalized, the penalties on it could look more like a civil fine or no penalty at all.
Conversely, legalization of cannabis would be defined as the process of removing all legal prohibitions against it.
The legalization of cannabis federally would mean that each state would be able to provide their own legislation regarding both the possession and sale of marijuana.
This would mean any individual over 21 would be able to purchase and use marijuana, while abiding by their residential state laws.
When Will Marijuana Be Legalized?
Unfortunately, marijuana is still classified as a schedule I drug by the federal government. Schedule I drugs are recognized by the government as having no currently accepted medical use and having a high potential for abuse.
Marijuana is categorized as a schedule I drug along with heroin, acid, LSD, and ecstasy. Interesting, right?
Our House of Representatives has already voted in support of legalizing marijuana federally.
We are currently waiting on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring his new marijuana bill to the floor.
What Do We Do For Now?
Marijuana has been decriminalized and legalized in Virginia in some aspects.
Marijuana has been legalized in the Commonwealth since 2017, but just medically. You just need to see a physician to get your medical marijuana recommendation, and that’s where we come in!
What About Recreational Marijuana in Virginia?
The current laws regarding recreational marijauna in Virginia continue to evolve. Did you know the Virginia General Assembly has already legalized the recreational possession and consumption of up to one ounce of cannabis sativa?
Of course, this only applies to adults over 21 and it still must not be used or carried on public property legally.
The General Assembly has also voted to allow the home cultivation of cannabis plants for adults over 21, with a maximum of four plants.
With this much community support and, as it seems, political support, we can only hope that marijuana will be legal for recreational use soon!
Sign Me Up, Where Can I Buy It?
Unfortunately, retail sales of marijuana are not yet legal in the state. The retail sale of cannabis is scheduled to begin starting January 1, 2024.
At the moment, it is currently illegal in Virginia for anyone to sell or distribute marijuana in any form, which includes seeds and flower.
2024 may seem distant, but it’s creeping up on us! It is important to have your affairs in order so you can be ready when the time comes for you to head to your local dispensary.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today!
Consulting with a certified medical marijuana doctor is the first step to enjoying the benefits of cannabis in Virginia! These medical professionals can not only help you get your medical marijuana card, but also make recommendations as to how you can find relief for your symptoms.
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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