“Prior to decriminalization taking effect in 2020, the Commonwealth was arresting upwards of 30,000 Virginians annually for marijuana possession,” NORML development director Jenn Michelle Pedini, who also serves as the executive director of the state chapter, Virginia NORML, said. “So while Virginians may be asking, ‘Where can get I cannabis legally,’ it’s unlikely Virginians are asking, ‘Where can I get cannabis?'”
VirginiaNORML has answered some frequently asked questions here.
It’s a question that should be clarified once the new law officially takes effect and the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority jumps into action on July 1.
RICHMOND, Va. — When Virginia’s new marijuana laws go into effect on July 1, it will become legal for adults 21+ to carry up to an ounce of marijuana. It will also become legal to grow up to four marijuana plants (per household) in Virginia.
3. For possession of more than 49 but no more than 100 marijuana plants, a Class 6 felony; and
2. Take precautions to prevent unauthorized access by persons younger than 21 years of age; and
A. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision c of § 18.2-248.1, a person 21 years of age or older may cultivate up to four marijuana plants for personal use at their place of residence; however, at no point shall a household contain more than four marijuana plants. For purposes of this section, a “household” means those individuals, whether related or not, who live in the same house or other place of residence.
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§ 4.1-1101. Home cultivation of marijuana for personal use; penalties.
2021, Sp. Sess. I, cc. 550, 551.
1. For possession of more than four marijuana plants but no more than 10 marijuana plants, (i) a civil penalty of $250 for a first offense, (ii) a Class 3 misdemeanor for a second offense, and (iii) a Class 2 misdemeanor for a third and any subsequent offense;
A person may only cultivate marijuana plants pursuant to this section at such person’s main place of residence.
D. The following penalties or punishments shall be imposed on any person convicted of a violation of this section:
2. For possession of more than 10 but no more than 49 marijuana plants, a Class 1 misdemeanor;
If you are under 21 (not yet the legal Virginia smoking age ), and you are caught with marijuana in your possession, the judge can fine you up to $25 and/or require you to go through a court-approved drug education or treatment program.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
For individuals 21 years of age or older, possession of less than 1 oz is legal. Possession of marijuana in Virginia is still illegal for individuals 20 years of age or younger.
CONSUMPTION OF MARIJUANA
If you are caught smoking in a public place, you are subject to penalty: