Industrial Hemp Comes to Mount Vernon, Virginia in Honor of George Washington

An industrial hemp crop has been planted at Mount Vernon, Virginia in what the estate managers call a truer interpretation of the land as it was once run by the nation’s first president.  According to a report by The Zebra Press, Dean Norton — the director of horticulture for Mount Vernon — recently partnered with Dr. […]

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Virginia Gov. Signs ‘Let Doctors Decide’ MMJ Measure

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed the legislation allowing physicians to recommend medical cannabis oil for any condition as long as they decide it’s the best course of action for the patient, according to a WVTF report. The law expands the state program from a qualified condition list to a model that allows doctors to […]

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Virginia Senate Passes First-Timer Cannabis Expungement Bill

A measure allowing first-time cannabis offenders in Virginia to expunge the charge for $150 passed the state Senate 38-2 on Monday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The measure would allow individuals to defer a finding on the charge and ultimately be found not guilty if the offender does community service and pass drug tests as ordered […]

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Virginia Legislature Approves ‘Let Doctors Decide’ MMJ Expansions

Both chambers of Virginia’s Legislature have unanimously approved a measure allowing physicians to prescribe CBD or THC-A oil for anyone who may need it, according to a News Leader report. In the Senate, the measure was championed by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, a doctor, who said the decision to try the oil should be between a […]

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Virginia Lawmakers Kill Cannabis Decrim Bills; Advance Expungement Proposal

The Virginia Legislature has killed two bills aiming to decriminalize cannabis possession in the state but a measure allowing first-time offenders to expunge their records passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Last week, House Republicans on the Courts Committee voted down a measure by Del. Steve Heretick that would have […]

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Virginia Legislature Considering MMJ, Cannabis Law Reforms

The Virginia Legislature is considering bills aimed at both medical and criminal justice cannabis reforms, NBC12 reports. The measure being considered by the Joint Commission on Health Care would open up the state’s limited medical cannabis program beyond the one condition – intractable epilepsy – permitted for medical cannabis access; while lawmakers have two bills […]

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Advocates Weigh in on Role Cannabis Policy Played in New Jersey & Virginia Governor Races

The Midterm elections saw two pro-cannabis politicians elevated to the governor’s seats as New Jersey chose Democrat Phil Murphy over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and Virginia voters tabbed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat physician, over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia. While both governors-elect support cannabis law reforms, on the campaign trail, Murphy indicated he […]

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New Jersey & Virginia Governor-Elects Support Cannabis Law Reforms

Following yesterday’s elections, the governor’s seats in two states will soon be occupied by Democrats supportive of cannabis law reforms; as Phil Murphy defeated in Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in New Jersey, and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia. Murphy had made recreational cannabis legalization one of the planks in […]

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Virginia Crime Commission Studies Decriminalization, Senate Majority Leader Plans Legislation

Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican, is planning to introduce a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession in the state following the release of a State Crime Commission study that suggests more than 10,000 arrests could be prevented under such reforms. According to the commission report, the agency received 5,665 written comments on the […]

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Calls for Cannabis Law Reforms

In a letter to the Virginia State Crime Commission, which is studying the topic of decriminalizing simple cannabis possession in the state, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, called the state’s cannabis sentencing and enforcement laws “costly and disproportionately harmful to communities of color,” WRIC reports. In his letter, Northam pointed out that Virginia spends […]

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Virginia Gov. Expected to Sign Cannabis Reform Bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign three cannabis-related bills that would allow pharmacies to produce and sell cannabis extract oils for epilepsy treatments, and eliminate a state statute that automatically suspends the driver’s license of adults convicted of low-level cannabis possession, according to a WTKR report. Under SB.1027, “pharmaceutical processors” would be able […]

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Virginia Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production

The governor of Virginia has signed into law a bill this week that will legalize the industrial production of hemp in the state. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the bill to the approval of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition (VIHC), which has lobbied for such legislation for years. The bill, which will go into effect on July […]

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