Virginia Governor Urges Medical Marijuana Expansion As Amendment To Recently Approved Bill

Virginia Governor Urges Medical Marijuana Expansion As Amendment To Recently Approved Bill

Virginia’s medical marijuana law has been a source of confusion and frustration for reform advocates given the restrictive definitions of which cannabis products patients can access and the limited legal protections afforded to them. But under legislation approved by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) this week, the issue is being addressed. While considering a bill expanding the number of cannabis dispensing facilities in the state that lawmakers sent to his desk, the governor has recommended an amendment to revise the language in a way that advocates say will expand patient access. Patients who participate in the state’s medical cannabis program will also benefit from a separate piece of legislation that Northam signed, which formally legalizes medical marijuana preparations—as opposed to the prior policy that simply offered patients an affirmative defense in court following police encounters. This is in addition to a marijuana decriminalization bill that was also recently approved—but is also subject to another vote because the governor similarly recommended several amendments. Advocates expect the legislature to approve all of the governor’s proposed changes later this month. The medical cannabis expansion amendment to the dispensary bill would strike language concerning the definition of products that can be dispensed to patients and replace it with a more expansive description. Originally, “cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil” that contains at least 15 percent CBD or THC-A and a maximum five percent THC was covered under the program. But the governor’s proposal would change that language to instead cover “cannabis oil” that “contains at least…

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