This Week in Virginia Cannabis Industry News, August 8, 2022

Federal ban on marijuana use causes more harm than good

The court of public opinion continues to sway in the direction of supporting the cannabis industry in America. The “heavy lifting” is educating our legislators on the proper ways to move forward.

Hydroponic chain planting flag in Chesterfield with first Virginia store

Colorado-based hydroponic chain GrowGeneration will open their first Virginia retail space in Richmond in late September. Company spokesman Alex Salaman adds, “We are constantly evaluating our strategy and if this store does what we believe it will do, we will look to expand within Virginia.”

Federal cannabis legalization could be help boost Southern State economies

A look at the potential economic boost of the legal cannabis industry in the Carolinas, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The article states, “Southern states have all it takes to be a cannabis economic powerhouse. The region possesses the skills, fertile lands, brilliant minds, and immense potential to overthrow the current highest producers of cannabis in the country.”

7 Cannabis Schools for Continuing and Professional Education

Part of growing our industry statewide comes with those of us within the industry (and those interested in being a part of it), continuing our education on the benefits, uses, and potential of cannabis and related products and industries. Here we offer some opportunities.

The Hijacking Of Legal Cannabis Frameworks By Those Who Can – A Minnesota Tale of 10,00 Mistakes

A legal look at the mistakes made in Minnesota as they went through the legalization process. We continue to hope that many of the same mistakes aren’t made here.

This Week in Virginia Cannabis Industry News, August 1, 2022

What Will Virginia’s Retail Cannabis Market Look Like?

This article takes a look at how things have transpired in the cannabis industry in New York state so far, and offers both observations and cautionary tales as Virginia looks to begin their retail cannabis landscape.

It’s Maryland Versus Virginia In A Race To Adult-Use Cannabis

This analysis from Law360 is behind a pay wall, but there is a free seven day trial you can sign up for if you’re interested in reading more about two neighboring states in a race to start their retail cannabis markets.

States look to regulate weed alternatives like delta-8 as sales explode

NPR breaks down some of the recent legislative debates over Delta-8 and pulls many recent examples and quotes from the Virginia-based situation (including comments from CannaBizVA members).

Jushi Holdings to Open 3rd Virginia Cannabis Store

And while we continue to fight for the rights of the recreational cannabis market in Virginia, medical marijuana facilities are plowing full speed ahead as Jushi opens its third VA store and 34th overall.

Have Your Medical Marijuana Questions Answered

And just a reminder that on August 3rd there is a free webinar regarding medical marijuana from the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists (ACS) and the Americans for Safe Access who are presenting a patient-focused, evidence-based educational forum to provide guidance to patients and health care professionals.

They will have four distinguished experts who will be presenting and responding to questions in their own specific breakout sessions:

  • Pain Management, with Julia Arnsten, MD
  • Mental Health, with Jordan Tishler, MD
  • Pediatrics, with Bonni Goldstein, MD
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases, with Suraj Tandon, MD


This Week in Virginia Cannabis Industry News, July 25, 2022

Have Your Voice Be Heard With VDACS!

In the most pressing news of the week, we strongly encourage everyone to attend one of the upcoming “listening sessions” with VDACS. We also encourage you to send this information to anyone else who would like to express their opinion. There is still a great deal of work to be done with our legislators and voicing our opinion will help further our cause. Get more details.

New Medical Dispensaries Coming to Virginia

New medical dispensaries are opening in both Arlington and Fairfax.

How Hard is Biden Trying to Get Cannabis Inmates Out of Jail?

Considering the amount of individuals still imprisoned for inappropriately long amounts of time, we’re going to go with the “not hard enough” answer for now and hope things change moving forward.

Short Sellers Wind Down Pot Stock Bets as Congress Mulls Action

Cannabis stocks have been on fire this week with potential Congressional action on decriminalization.

Have Your Voice Be Heard With VDACS!

We have some important information to share with you that we have recently received from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and we highly encourage each member of CannaBizVA to voice your opinion with VDACS. We also encourage you to send this information to anyone else who would like to express their opinion.

Below is an email we received from VDACS asking for input on a series of questions in advance of the August 9th task force meeting. They will be hosting a series of “listening sessions” to hear responses to their questions. If you are able to make yourself available for one of these sessions, we would be very grateful for that. Additionally, if you have questions regarding any of the information being asked, please feel free to reach out for additional insight.

The recently passed budget directs the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, in conjunction with the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and Secretary of Health and Human Resources, to establish a task force to analyze and make recommendations regarding whether any statutory or regulatory modifications are necessary to ensure the safe and responsible manufacture and sale of industrial hemp extracts and other substances containing tetrahydrocannabinol that are intended for human consumption, orally or by inhalation, in the Commonwealth.  

In preparation for the August 9 meeting of this task force, VDACS is seeking hemp industry response on the following questions:

1. What requirements, if any, do you think are important to ensure the safe manufacture of hemp extracts or products containing THC that are consumed orally?
2. What requirements, if any, do you think are important to ensure the safe sale of hemp extracts or products containing THC that are consumed orally?
3. What requirements, if any, do you think are important to ensure the safe manufacture of hemp extracts or products containing THC that are consumed by inhalation?
4. What requirements, if any, do you think are important to ensure the safe sale of hemp extracts or products containing THC that are consumed by inhalation?
5. What items or issues regarding hemp extracts or products containing THC that are consumed orally do you feel are not adequately addressed by the Code of Virginia or current regulation?
6. What items or issues regarding hemp extracts or products containing THC that are consumed by inhalation do you feel are not adequately addressed by the Code of Virginia or current regulation?

To collect the hemp industry’s responses to these questions so that VDACS can relay the industry’s responses to the task force, VDACS will host six virtual listening sessions. If you are not able to attend one of the listening sessions, you may submit a written response to me via email. VDACS will present a summary of the hemp industry’s feedback to the task force on August 9.

Discussion during these listening sessions will be focused on and limited to the manufacture and sale of hemp extracts and products containing THC that are consumed orally or by inhalation. During the listening sessions, attendees will have an opportunity to respond to each of the questions listed above. Attendance at each listening session will be capped at 20 in order to give all interested participants an opportunity to speak.  VDACS will register attendees on a first come, first served basis. You may register to attend a listening session using the links below.  Unless you receive an email that the session you selected is full, please do not attempt to register for more than one session.

Tuesday, July 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, July 28, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This Week in Virginia Cannabis Industry News, July 18, 2022

Bloomberg Report Suggests Dems Will Federally Decriminalize Cannabis

Whether this has any chance of surviving the Senate is completely up in the air, but it’s at least being discussed in Washington. This Benzinga article also explores the plans.

CannabizVA Addresses the Hemp Taskforce

In case you missed it, CannaBizVA member and lobbyist Dylan Bishop recent addressed to Hemp Taskforce on recent proposed regulations.

Virginia Cannabis Control Act: A Tale of Two Legislatures

As we continue to wait for Virginia to move forward with the Cannabis Control Act, this article explores which provisions of the CCA are now defunct and which have become valid law. As you saw in the above video with the Hemp Taskforce, there is still much work to be done by our organization to make sure the industry is properly represented by our lawmakers. As always, we thank you for your continued support of CannaBizVA, which allows us to do this work.

Pennsylvania Governor signs state cannabis banking bill

This bill doesn’t protect banks from federal law, but it at least addresses consequences banks face working with LEGAL cannabis business on the state level.

CannabizVA Addresses the Hemp Taskforce

Membership to CannaBizVA helps us continue to develop a community of like-minded business owners within the Commonwealth of Virginia. It also allows us the resources to communicate on the legislative front to make sure proposed laws and regulations do not negatively impact the farmers, retailers, and business owners of the cannabis and hemp industries.

Our lobbyist, Dylan Bishop, recently addressed the Hemp Taskforce on recent proposed regulations and amendments and how they could affect members of the industry.

Thank you again for your continued support … we continue to work diligently to make sure our lawmakers fully understand the scope of their decisions and proposed regulations!

This Week in Virginia Cannabis News, July 11, 2022

Hemp industry pushes back on Virginia’s delta-8 crackdown

CannabizVA Lobbyist Dylan Bishop is featured in this article, as well as board member Kerry McCormick. “To say that that change of policy was a product of the legislative process and the recently enacted budget is a bit disingenuous,” Bishop said. McCormick adds, “I’m about 45 minutes from the Tennessee border, about 15 of my jobs are about to get outsourced to Tennessee. That’s going to be on this committee.”

We would like to express our continued gratitude to ALL of the members of CannabizVA. It’s your support that allows us to deal with issues like these and help educate both the public and our legislators. Thank you for being a part of CannabizVA!

Changes to Virginia marijuana laws you need to know

A recap of some of the new regulations that went into effect in Virginia at the beginning of the month.

Hemp, CBD set to get permanent legal status in North Carolina

The History of Cannabis Regulation

For those interested in a history lesson on cannabis regulation, this provides an informative read.

This Week in Virginia Cannabis News, June 26, 2022

Confusion in Kansas Continues: Douglas County District Attorney Says Businesses Selling Delta-8 THC Will Be Prosecuted

The biggest issue of the “legalities” mentioned in this article is that law enforcement and members of the judicial system are not fully informed or educated on the legitimacy of the products in question.

Marijuana Banking Reform Will Not be Enacted As Part Of Manufacturing Bill, Congressional Leaders Agree

Yet another instance of the government refusing to fix the banking problems …

Supreme Court Denies Medical Marijuana Workers’ Compensation Cases

…or the perception of the industry as a whole.

Cannabis Market worth $90.4 billion by 2026

And yet here we are, despite these challenges, an industry growing in leaps and bounds that could be a massive boom to the national economy.

This Week in Virginia Cannabis News, June 19, 2022

Colorado to Create Task Force to Regulate Hemp-Derived Products Like Delta-8

Developments out west in regards to Delta-8 and other hemp-derived products that are worth keeping an eye on for future discussions and potential regulations here.

Congress Pushes Marijuana Protections For Immigrants, Advertisers And Banks In Spending Bills

Freeing up marijuana-related advertising and providing the industry with access to the banking system are two huge points of discussion that would be great advancements for the industry.

Cannabis Farmers Unable to Access USDA Disaster Aid

Another great example as to why there needs to be federal attention given to cannabis and the industries that support it.

How Sustainability is Driving the Hemp Building Industry in Europe and the U.S.

Hemp has so many amazing possibilities, and hempcrete provides a pathway to sustainably building our future.

This Week in Virginia Cannabis News, June 13, 2022

D.C. City Council Approves Bill to Prohibit Employers From Firing Workers for Failed Cannabis Tests

Employer rules in regards to cannabis absolutely need to continue to evolve and improve, and we consider this a step in the right direction …

White House Interns, Past Marijuana Use Could Affect Your Chance For a Job

… And then there’s disappointing news like this that swings in the other direction.

New Details On Congressional Marijuana Omnibus Bill Emerge As Lawmakers Work For 60 Senate Votes

Article exerpt:

In addition to the banking and expungements proposals that made waves when discussed publicly at a conference on Thursday by two key House lawmakers, there are also talks about attaching language from other standalone bills dealing with issues such as veterans’ medical cannabis access, research expansion, marijuana industry access to Small Business Administration (SBA) programs and broader drug sentencing reform.”

Thailand Legalizes Cannabis Cultivation and Trade

Groundbreaking legislation for Southeast Asia, though the Thai Health Minister stresses, ““We [have always] emphasized using cannabis extractions and raw materials for medical purposes and for health. There has never once been a moment that we would think about advocating people to use cannabis in terms of recreation — or use it in a way that it could irritate others.”