Last year Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffer signed legislation into law that legalized the possession and use of cannabis extracts that has at least at least 15% CBD (cannabidiol), and no more than 5% THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) or THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid), for those with epilepsy. However, the new law doesn’t allow for the production or distribution of cannabis oil, requiring patients to obtain the medicine illegally.
Now, the Virginia Senate has voted to unanimously (38 – 0) pass a bill – Senate Bill 701 – that would remedy this by authorizing “a pharmaceutical processor” to “manufacture and provide cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil” after “obtaining a permit from the Board of Pharmacy and under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist”. The bill “provides criminal liability protection for pharmaceutical processors”.
The full text of the proposal, which now sits in the House of Representatives where its passage will send it to Governor McAuliffer for consideration, can be found by clicking here.
According to polling released in April, 86% of voters in Virginia support legalizing medical cannabis.