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Marijuana legalization in Virginia: Here’s what is and isn’t permitted




Many laws go into effect today, July 1 across Virginia.


The most talked-about is the legalization of marijuana, which comes with confusion for some.


What's legal and what is not?


We wanted to give you a breakdown.


Legal:

  • Adults 21 years and older will be allowed to possess not more than one ounce of cannabis for personal use.

  • Generally, adults 21 years and older will be allowed to use marijuana in private residences. However, nothing prohibits the owner of a private residence from restricting the use of marijuana on its premises.

  • Adults 21 and over will also be allowed to grow up to four plants per household (not per person), according to specified requirements.

  • “Adult sharing” or transferring one ounce or less of marijuana between persons who are 21 years or older without payment will be legal.

Illegal:

  • It will remain illegal for anyone to possess more than one ounce of marijuana. Individuals found guilty of possessing more than one ounce, but not more than one pound of marijuana are subject to a civil penalty of not more than $25. Individuals found guilty of possessing more than one pound are subject to a felony.

  • It will remain illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to or to attempt to consume, purchase, or possess marijuana.

  • It will remain illegal to distribute or sell marijuana, and/or to possess any amount of marijuana with the intent to distribute or sell it. This also applies to businesses.

  • You can not use of marijuana while driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle; possessing marijuana on school grounds, while operating a school bus, in a motor vehicle transporting passengers for hire, or in a commercial vehicle.

  • It will remain illegal to consume marijuana or offer marijuana to another person in any public place.


For further information, the Commonwealth launched a website that has answers to frequently asked questions about legalization.

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