Virginia Lawmakers Send Reform Bills to Governor

Mar 03, 2017 , , , , ,


Last week, the Virginia General Assembly sent Gov. Terry McAuliffe a bill to stop suspending drivers’ licenses for first-offense possession of small amounts of marijuana! This bill reflects years of work by advocates and is a significant victory on the path towards reform in Virginia!

In addition, the Legislature approved a bill allowing in-state production of cannabis and distribution of low-THC/ high-CBD cannabis oil for patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. In order to take advantage of the program, patients must obtain a written certification from their neurologist or other epilepsy specialist. Another measure that would have included other medical conditions in the program was not passed by the Legislature.

Both bills — HB 2051 and SB 1027 — must be signed by Gov. McAuliffe by March 27, 2017, in order to go into effect. He is expected to meet this deadline.

While Virginia remains a long way off from joining the majority of states that have enacted more comprehensive reform — through decriminalization or the establishment of a medical marijuana program — these are two significant steps forward that advocates can celebrate.


6 responses to “Virginia Lawmakers Send Reform Bills to Governor”

  1. Its good to see Virginia moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go before we are in step with the rest of the country. If people get out and vote some of the old guard out of office change will come a lot sooner. Politics was never intended to be a lifetime career by our founding fathers.

  2. lets return the industrial hemp industry back to w.v.—1940-1950- was a leading industrial hemp industry-(willgive coal miners employment & make w.v. a powerful industrial state without damaging the environment & destruction of that beautiful states landscape.

  3. IT IS NOT A MEDICAL CANNABIS BILL AT ALL!! IT IS A CBD OIL BILL TELL THE TRUTH!! MANY LIKE ME (I HAVE CRPS/RSD) WILL NEVER BE HELPED WITH OR BY CBD OIL!! WE NEED ACCESS TO THE WHOLE PLANT SO WE CAN LIVE WHOLE LIVES!! STOP CALLING THESE BILLS CANNABIS BILLS AND START CALLING THEM WHAT THEY REALLY ARE CBD OIL ONLY BILL!! THE LIES NEED TO STOP PERIOD AND WE ALL NEED TO START CALLING THESE BILLS WHAT THEY REALLY ARE JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE NEEDLESS SUFFERING FOR MANY FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN THE GREED OF CRIMINAL POLITICIANS AND THEIR RICH BRIBERS!! #MakeItLegal #ResistTheCorruption #ItMustStop #EndNeedlessSuffering

  4. reclassify marijuana to a schedule 3–open the use of social, medical, industrial, to the open market,,gives everyone the chance for a piece of the pie–keep ‘keep WALL ST from controlling the whole pie–a u.s.industrial revolution as never seen before is within out reach,,,peace,,,

  5. Va. is living in a Puritanical state of mind. These ” Old Farts” are holding back the Will of the Will of People. I’m now,67, soon too b 68. The only way for legalizing marijuana in Va. is to vote out the career Politicians and obviously elect new reperesentatives who truly absolutely do the Will of its people. I think it’s in the Constitution that, somewhere it reads ” government bye, for, and of the People. I’m not,very bright, but Government seems to know what’s best for me. Mary Jane grows in the wild, it’s a plant or,herb
    Gov. Is not,going to turn loose of their Cash Cow and that is a Pharmrmacuitical Industry. I hope to see it legalized in Va in my life.

    • I could not agree with you more. People need to get out and vote some of the old guard SOBS out of office. The founding fathers of this country did not intend for politics to be a lifetime career. They served a few years and went back to the farm. The President has term limits, why not term limits on the house and Senate?

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