What You Need To Know When Marijuana Goes Legal In VA

Did you know that in two weeks’ time, marijuana laws in Virginia are going to change? It will be legal for adults to smoke and grow something.

With marijuana use recently legalized, Virginia’s attorney general is seeking candidates interested in serving as the state’s first cannabis attorney.

The person hired for the position will serve as general counsel to the newly created Virginia Cannabis Control Authority, assisting other government agencies with regulations and laws related to cannabis, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said in a press release.

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Earlier this year, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly voted in favor of legalizing adult recreational marijuana use. The new law went into effect July 1 and allows adults 21 and older to legally own up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to four plants per household.

State officials are beginning the establishment of the Regulatory Authority that will draft regulations for a legal marijuana marketplace, expected to open January 1, 2024.

Herring’s office noted in the press release that legalization is expected to affect a wide variety of government agencies and impact numerous areas of law, including criminal justice, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, agriculture and land use, and taxation.

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Interested parties can apply online.