Virginia recreational marijuana sales could flourish in 2023

Written by on 20 December, 2021

The Virginia legislature’s Joint Cannabis Oversight Committee voted to recommend that the state allow recreational marijuana sales to launch in January 2023.

It remains to be seen whether the full House of Delegates and Senate will ultimately adopt the recommendation when members meet next month.

It should be noted that Virginia legalized the possession and home cultivation of small amounts of recreational marijuana earlier this 2021. However, under the approved legislation, sales are still scheduled to begin in 2024, “and lawmakers included a reenactment clause in the bill that requires a second vote to be held during the 2022 legislative session to move forward with the legal market, Wric reviewed.

On the other hand, initial sales of adult-use cannabis would be facilitated through existing medical marijuana dispensaries as rules for licensing recreational retailers are implemented.

“We are pleased that agreement has been reached on a policy recommendation to accelerate adult-use sales,” JM Pedini, executive director of Virginia NORML, told Marijuana Moment. “Virginians 21 and older should have access to dispensaries that are already operational sooner rather than later, and they have been very clear in their demands to move up the sale date.”

“Still, this legislation will face an uphill battle in the now-divided General Assembly,” Pedini added.

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