Virginia Launches Website To Educate People About Marijuana Legalization Law Taking Effect On July 1

If you have questions about marijuana legalization in Virginia, check out https://cannabis.virginia.gov, the Commonwealth's new website with information, updates, and answers to frequently asked questions about the law.




Marijuana legalization is set to go into effect in Virginia at the beginning of next month—and now the state is taking a step to educate residents about the rules of the new program.


The state on Thursday launched a web page that breaks down the various provisions of the adult-use legalization law that was enacted in April and takes effect on July 1, detailing what people can—and can’t—do legally.


“The legalization of cannabis creates an opportunity for Virginia to implement criminal justice reforms, to promote diverse participation in the cannabis industry, and to reinvest in communities that have been disproportionally affected by marijuana prohibition,” the site states.


Marijuana legalization is set to go into effect in Virginia at the beginning of next month—and now the state is taking a step to educate residents about the rules of the new program.


The state on Thursday launched a web page that breaks down the various provisions of the adult-use legalization law that was enacted in April and takes effect on July 1, detailing what people can—and can’t—do legally.


“The legalization of cannabis creates an opportunity for Virginia to implement criminal justice reforms, to promote diverse participation in the cannabis industry, and to reinvest in communities that have been disproportionally affected by marijuana prohibition,” the site states.



At the same time, the state’s Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission (JLARC) is recommending that lawmakers add a misdemeanor penalty to be imposed for possession in excess of the new limit—a proposal opposed by advocates.


“In the 2022 General Assembly, the focus should be on expediting safe, regulated retail sales, not finding new ways to criminalize Virginians for a legal substance,” NORML said in response.


But for now, pro-legalization Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his administration are hoping to spread awareness about the new law as approved this past session, letting citizens know that things like possession of up to one ounce of cannabis will be permissible for adults 21 and older, while underage use and driving under the influence will remain prohibited.


“Virginia’s marijuana legalization law ends the prohibition of simple possession of marijuana for adults 21 years and older on July 1, 2021,” a page states. “The law also lays out a timeline for state agencies to seal marijuana-related criminal records.”