In 1982, Indian breeders made a major advance in cannabis botany with the development of the feminized seed. The key difference between feminized marijuana seeds and regular marijuana seeds is that feminized seeds have been engineered to produce exclusively female plants, whereas with regular seeds you can’t really predict if the mature plant will be male or female. This matters for cultivation since smokable flowers are produced only by female plants. Further, a male plant can potentially ruin a harvest if it pollinates nearby female plants, which produces flowers full of seeds.
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Popularized and marketed extensively by Dutch seed companies, feminized seeds produce female plants more than 99% of the time. Growers that use feminized seeds should still check to make sure no male plants have sprouted. Any variety of cannabis can be manipulated to make it feminized.
If Virginians are cultivating those plants now or in the future for personal use, is that illegal?
With the stroke of a pen, Governor Northam signed legislation to legalize personal cultivation of marijuana in Virginia as of July 1, 2021. Now, not in 2024.
Virginia legislators approved a medical cannabis program and have actively chosen to maintain it.
What can Virginians do?
Vote wisely in November, said Pedini, and contact lawmakers and ask them to expedite access through Virginia’s already operational medical cannabis dispensaries.
Map of the five health service areas and four medical cannabis dispensaries now open in Virginia. MedMen, the company that took over the facility license from PharmaCann, lost their conditional license from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. As a result, there is no facility to serve health service region one as of April 28, 2021. (Photo: Virginia NORML/Submitted)
“That same majority is not demonstrated in the legislature. Politics takes a front seat and policy takes a back seat.”
“Dispensaries are already open and they’re not allowed to shop there.”