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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Virginia Legislature Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts

CBD Tincture
Cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tincture.

Virginia’s Legislature has given approval to House Bill 1445, a proposal that legalizes the use of cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for the treatment of epilepsy. The measure was approved unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives, and 37 to 1 by the state’s Senate.

The proposal will now go to Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration. McAuliffe will have the option of either signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing. However, given there was such strong consensus in the Legislature, there would be more than enough support to override a veto if McAuliffe goes that route.

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