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”.

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Virginia Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bills Into Law

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffer signing House Bill 1445 and Senate Bill 1235 into law.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffer signing House Bill 1445 and Senate Bill 1235 into law.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffer has signed into law two measures which legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts for the treatment of epilepsy.

Senate Bill 1235¬†and House Bill 1445 both include emergency clauses, meaning they’ll take effect immediately.

The new law allows those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis extracts that contain at least 15% CBD (cannabidiol), and no more than 5% THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) or THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid).

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