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.
If it does become law, the bill would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis extracts that have at least 15% cannabidiol (CBD) or THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid), and no more than 5% THC.
It is unknown what action, if any, Governor McAuliffe will take on the measure.