Virginia Marijuana Laws

Virginia Marijuana Laws

Under the state law, cannabis is an illegal substance, both for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Possession of up to 0.5 oz is a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and a 30-day imprisonment. Instead of being sent to jail, first-time offenders may be placed on probation that requires 24 hours of community service. A subsequent offense increases the prison term up to 12 months and the fine to $2,500.

Selling between 0.5 o and 5 pounds of the drug may result in a maximum sentence of 10 years. The sale of up to 100 kilograms is punishable by a 30-year imprisonment. Furthermore, distributing more than 0.5 oz within 1,000 feet of a school zone is a felony, penalties for which include a maximum sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to $100,000. However, if the offender proves that they sold the substance only as an accommodation to another person and not with intent to profit, they may be punished by a maximum sentence of 1 year and a $2,500 fine.

Cultivation is illegal in Virginia. Penalties for growing any amount of the plants include incarceration of 5-30 years and a $10,000 fine.

Transporting more than 5 pounds into the state with intent to distribute is punishable by a sentence of between 5 and 40 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Obviously, public consumption of marijuana is also a crime in Virginia.

Virginia Medical Marijuana Laws

Although Virginia has no medical marijuana program, patients with intractable epilepsy are allowed to use cannabis extracts that contain 15 percent or more CBD and 5 percent or less THC. It is noteworthy that the possession of such products remains illegal, although it is eligible for an affirmative defense from criminal prosecution.

How Virginia turned around on medical cannabis
It began with parents of children with epilepsy, who met with legislators to discuss using cannabis as medicine.
Feb 26, 2018 2:29 PM
Virginia Submits Bill to Stop Federal Cannabis Prohibition
Thomas Garrett, a newly-nominated Republican congressman from Virginia, has introduced a bill aimed to stop federal cannabis prohibition. Though the initiative is identical to a failed legislation of Sen. Bernie Sanders, it has already got three co-signers.
Mar 6, 2017 12:45 PM
Virginia to Become Next State to Decriminalize Cannabis?
Virginia State Senate has recently received two bills that would significantly reduce penalties for those who commit the offense of cannabis possession. The new initiatives signal a positive shift in how marijuana is viewed by the state’s authorities.
Feb 1, 2017 12:20 PM
10 Signs That Federal Medical Cannabis Prohibition Is to Be Lifted
As the support for medical marijuana is steadily growing among Americans, an increasing number of states are approving and developing their medical cannabis policies in favor of saving people's lives. The changes are so drastic that the latest actions carried out by medical marijuana defenders and legislators may lead to the end of federal medical cannabis prohibition.
Jul 20, 2016 9:10 AM