This Week in Virginia Cannabis Industry News, September 20, 2022

Virginia Beach considers creating cannabis task force before retail sales are legalized statewide

Councilman Guy Tower is quoted as saying there are “lots of visitors with lots of different ideas about consumption of cannabis products, I’m sure, coming from different backgrounds” and cites a task force as being able to provide guidance to City Council.

Virginia’s First Annual Cannabis Freedom Festival held in Charlottesville

The first ever Virginia Cannabis Freedom Festival was held last Sunday in Charlottesville with Virginia Hemp Coalition President Jason Amatucci saying, “We really need to make sure that there’s fairness in our laws and everybody gets a seat at the table here, especially our farmers and our small businesses. We also need to make sure that every prisoner that is in jail for cannabis is out.”

Bipartisan Lawmakers Slam ‘Completely Insufficient’ FDA Response To Hemp Bill Request And Lack Of CBD Regulations

Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith was part of this bipartisan letter. Article excerpt …

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers recently sent a pointed letter to the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), complaining about the “completely insufficient response” the agency provided in response to their bill calling for hemp-derived CBD to be permitted and regulated as a food additive.

FDA’s response “does not address provisions of our bill drafted specifically to address product safety, and is a completely insufficient response at this moment when cannabidiol (CBD) products are proliferating around the country,” Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Angie Craig (D-MN) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) wrote.

Small Marijuana Growers Could Sell Directly To Consumers Across State Lines Under New Congressional Bill

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As Congress continues to work toward ending cannabis prohibition, there have been concerns that smaller businesses will struggle to compete against the handful of multi-state operators that have the resources and infrastructure to quickly expand, threatening to further consolidate the market when the federal floodgates finally open.

The SHIP Act is designed to minimize that risk and maximize opportunities for those smaller farmers and producers.