Virginia Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Distribution of Medical Cannabis Oil

oilLast 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.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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  1. Elizabeth Jean

    Well this is a great news that Virginia Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Distribution of Medical Cannabis Oil. A welcome step taken.
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  2. Steve

    The THCA compound has some amazing medicinal properties for treating certain types of epilepsy. hopefully, Governor McAuliffer will sign the bill and make it happen.

    If you’re interested, here’s an article on how to make a THCA tincture. …….


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  4. Christian Rene

    Yes totally for it. Cannabis extracts are really the way of the future!

  5. Bryan

    It needs to be totally legalized for medical and recreational in this state!! Virginia sure could use the tax money from it!!

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