Starting July 1, 2021, people 21 and older in Virginia will be allowed to have up to an ounce of marijuana on them and grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes, but those hoping to go into a dispensary to pick some up will have to wait until 2024.
The shift to legalization was expected to be a few years down the line but instead comes only a year after marijuana was decriminalized in Virginia. And while some possession is legal, there are still key pieces of information Virginians need to know. Follow our guide to learn more about marijuana legalization in Virginia and how it affects people across the commonwealth.
History will be made no matter who Virginians choose for their next lieutenant governor this election season. Either candidate will be the first woman of color elected to statewide office. But who voters choose could have a major impact on whether policies related to abortion, guns, marijuana and the minimum wage live or die.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday the appointments to three newly-created boards responsible for overseeing the legalization of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth: the Cannabis Control Authority (CCA), the Cannabis Equity Reinvestment Board and the Cannabis Public Health Advisory Board.