Cannabis legalization didn’t happen overnight — it took an army of advocates, activists and politicians to push for change as Virginia was the first, and so far the only, Southern state to fully legalize cannabis. Meet a few of the most important members of the Virginia cannabis community: People who have spoken up and taken… Read more »
Take Me Down to Cannabis City
Our latest guide, Take Me Down to Cannabis City, is available now. In this guide, we shift our lens to Virginia’s current weed climate. Read how the only Southern state to legalize marijuana is moving forward with producing, selling and fighting to keep cannabis alive and thriving.
Six Do’s + Don’ts For The Cannabis Curious
Marijuana possession and consumption laws are rapidly changing across the country, and it’s no different in Virginia. The state has already seen a massive change in policy over the past year, and by 2024, recreational use will be fully legal. If you’re new to the cannabis scene or are simply curious to learn more, this… Read more »
But What About Hemp?
Virginia’s hemp industry boomed after the crop became legal in 2018, but what does its future look like as recreational marijuana production is right around the corner? Let’s get something straight here — hemp is not marijuana, and marijuana is not hemp. But they are both the same species, namely cannabis sativa. So, what’s the difference?… Read more »
A Political Shake-Up Could Impact the Future of Pot Legalization in Virginia
Virginia took a big leap toward cannabis reform last spring by passing legislation that authorized pot possession and home cultivation. The law also laid the groundwork for retail sales to begin in 2024. It was a major victory for cannabis advocates: The commonwealth has a long history of enforcing some of the toughest drug policies… Read more »
In Richmond, A New Pot Nursery Teaches People to Grow Their Own Medicine
About 20 years ago in Temecula, California, Joe Vega stepped out into his parent’s backyard to plant his first cannabis seed. It was the early aughts, and Vega was still in high school. The fear of pot loomed large and growing the plant was illegal in every U.S. state. But Vega’s parents were out of… Read more »
How Will Virginia Tax Legal Cannabis + Fix Decades of Harmful Drug Policies?
Janice Underwood knows what it’s like to be on the front lines. In 2019, she was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam as Virginia’s first chief diversity officer to serve in a cabinet-level position. Since then, she’s worked to slowly dismantle the commonwealth’s ingrained history of racial inequity through One Virginia, a new initiative to increase… Read more »
Will Virginia’s Towns + Counties Opt-Out of Retail Weed?
Weed shops are at Virginia’s doorstep, but not everyone is rolling out the welcome mat. As state regulators prepare to launch a legal cannabis market, local jurisdictions will have one chance to opt out of retail sales before they start in 2024. Under Virginia’s new cannabis laws, localities will have a short window to hold… Read more »
So You Want to Break Into the Cannabis Industry?
It’s not as intimidating as it sounds — all it takes is a little research and a dash of determination. Like any other industry, what matters most is your passion for the product and drive to get things done. If you want to break into the cannabis industry, you can do it — just as… Read more »