It was unfair to say the current legislation passed was altruistic by the administration, Pedini said.
Short answer: “Nowhere,” said Jenn Michelle Pedini, executive director of Virginia NORML and the national organization’s development director.
What can Virginians do?
“Ultimately, there was a big push by Virginians to say you need to stop the harm now. Decriminalization, as NORML long warned, was never going to be a solution. Data has shown it did nothing to reduce the disproportionate enforcement of marijuana laws between Black and white Virginians.”
If the four (someday five) medical cannabis dispensaries can sell both medical and adult-use cannabis, it reduces illicit market activity.
“That same majority is not demonstrated in the legislature. Politics takes a front seat and policy takes a back seat.”
It will not be legal for that “gift exchange” to happen in public.
However, it will remain illegal to buy or sell seeds with which to grow the plant.
Christopher Haynie, who co-founded Richmond-based CBD, hemp, and home grow products store Happy Tree Agricultural Supply advised
Virginians thinking of navigating the new regulations to grow the plants at home to proceed with clarity and caution.
Republicans, who overwhelmingly opposed the bill when it initially went through the General Assembly, railed against the latest version.
An adult can legally share or gift a marijuana plant with another adult as long as no money is exchanged or trade occurred.