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 House of Representatives Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis Oil for Medical Use

Two containers filled with cannabis oil.
Two containers filled with cannabis oil.

Virginia’s House of Representatives has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize the medical use of high-CBD and high-THCA cannabis oil for those with epilepsy.

A similar measure was approved 37 to 1 in the Senate last week. Once the two chambers reconcile the technical differences of the measures, which is expected to happen this week, it will head to Governor McAuliffe for consideration. McAuliffe will have the option of signing the measure into law, letting it become law without his signature, or vetoing it. However, given there was such strong consensus in the Legislature, there would be more than enough votes to override a potential veto.

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Bill to Allow the Medical Use of Cannabis Oil Passes Virginia Senate with 37 to 1 Vote

Withoil a 37 to 1 vote, Senate Bill 1235 was passed today by Virginia’s Senate. The proposal would allow for the use of of high-CBD and high-THCA cannabis oil for those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician.

Specifically, Senate Bill 1235 would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil that has at least 15% cannabidiol (CBD) or 15% THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid), and no more than 5% THC. The measure doesn’t, however, authorize dispensaries to produce or distribute the medicine, so patients unfortunately will be left to either importing it, producing it themselves illegally or purchasing it illegally.

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