The language, which creates two new misdemeanors, will take effect with Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s signature.
With the 2022 legislative session having already ended, this vote effectively ends any further discussion of the legislation this year.
The Governor has proposed an amendment in the nature of a substitute to SB 591 which would create two new misdemeanors for personal marijuana possession.
“These legislative improvements will bring great relief to the thousands of Virginians waiting to access the medical cannabis program,” said JM Pedini, NORML’s Development Director and the Executive Director of Virginia NORML.
Senate Bill 391 advances to the House of Delegates on a historic bipartisan 21-18 vote.
“Virginians 21 and older ought to have access at the already-operational dispensaries sooner rather than later, and they have been very clear in their demands to move earlier the date of sales,” said Jenn Michelle Pedini, NORML’s Development Director and the Executive Director of Virginia NORML.
Long awaited sales of cannabis flower in Virginia began this month when medical dispensaries received the final product approvals from the state’s regulatory agency.