As the great marijuana debate continues to rage across our country, many states have started to sway in favor of the little green plant. Perhaps one of the best examples of change is the 2018 midterm election, where three states officially turned the tide of the debate. While we are familiar with the powerhouses on the Pacific Coast (like California, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon), other states on the Atlantic Coast have also started to wave the proverbial pot flag. However, for every Massachusetts and Maine, there is a Virginia. So how does the Old Dominion (so to speak) handle the fragrant, mind-altering herb called marijuana? Let’s take a closer look at some facts about cannabis laws in Virginia.
In our nation’s history, Virginia was the first English colonial occupation that was set up on the mainland of North America (hence its name “Old Dominion) and has often been referred to as the “Mother of Presidents,” due to the fact that eight U.S. presidents were born here (more than any other state in the U.S.). While Virginia attempted to join the Confederacy during the Civil War, it ultimately remained in the Union, and this action ultimately resulted in the founding of West Virginia. Famous figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee shared the state culture with other areas of the country, leading to further developments with the neoclassical style. Unfortunately, Virginia is the least artistic state in the country, procuring a small portion of the budget to fund museums and fine art festivals.
While Virginians overwhelmingly supported pot legalization by 86% (medical weed) and 62% (recreational weed), the little green plant is still 100% illegal in the Old Dominion. Pursuing the practices of other conservative states, Virginia does offer limited medical marijuana laws, allowing patients with epilepsy to consume low-THC cannabis oils (House Bill 1445). Nevertheless, penalties for pot possession are still extremely strict because lawmakers have not yet decriminalized the drug. Possession of less than a half ounce can result in a 30-day jail sentence or a fine of $500. However, individuals who are charged with selling marijuana can face 5 years in prison or can be put away for life.
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