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Virginia has laws for a lot of things. It is a felony to sell any amount of marijuana. It is a felony to possess hash. The only thing qualifying patients can legally possess is medical CBD (oil), as of March 2018. They even have mandatory minimums. Thankfully, they have stopped sending people to jail for small amounts of marijuana. However, they still aren’t friendly concerning marijuana growing. Perhaps this is due to the state’s extensive history with growing marijuana.
Growing Marijuana In Virginia
Virginia’s marijuana history
Virginia has a long history of growing marijuana. In fact, the early American colony, Jamestown, made growing hemp required by law. As time passed, more Virginia cities and towns use the law to encourage the cultivation of cannabis. When America first started, slave populations grew massive plantations of cannabis throughout Virginia. The crops were being turned into textiles for the American agricultural economy.
In the late 1800’s medicinal marijuana began to appear, and Virginia was a major grower. As America continued to demand cannabis products, they were well prepared to provide it. That is, until, it was suddenly not okay to have.
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Virginia marijuana laws
Whereas historically, there were laws for growing marijuana, there are currently no laws against growing marijuana in Virginia. It’s likely assumed that cultivation is not allowed- especially since possession limits are capped at 1oz. However, there are no mentions of specific cultivation laws.
If you plan to grow in this state, be careful. Until Virginia clarifies this topic, it is best to keep the smallest most discreet grow room possible.
In March 2018, Governor Ralph Northam approved a medical CBD program for multiple conditions. Previously, CBD was only allowed for intractable epilepsy. Now, patients who qualify can possess limited amounts of CBD oil (“cannabidiol oil”) or THC-A oil for medicinal reasons.
Interesting fact; marijuana is not legal in Jamaica! Learn how rastafarians get to appreciate ganja in our free ebook!
Growing in Virginia
History has proven Virginia is perfect for growing weed. Its land is so ideal that lawmakers made it illegal not to use it for cannabis. For someone looking to grow weed in this state, it would make sense to take advantage of this fact.
Guerilla growing is the process of hiding an outdoor grow among other plants to avoid detection. Because of the excellent growing conditions in this state, Virginia is the perfect place to do this. Guerilla growing doesn’t just prevent detection; it also removes the chance of connecting your marijuana garden to you.
There is more information about guerilla growing in the free downloadable guide: The Marijuana Grow Bible. It covers growing stealth outdoor and indoor gardens that avoid detection while still developing into strong, potent plants. If you plan to grow weed in Virginia, it is exactly the type of information you need.
You’ll also want to know about the paraphernalia laws in Virginia. Residents of this state may not sell marijuana paraphernalia. They also can’t possess paraphernalia with the intent to sell – including those used for growing marijuana. The result could be a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Virginia is fairly strict about paraphernalia. Even distributing printed materials that advertise selling drug paraphernalia could have the same result as actually selling it.
Virginia is a great example of changing marijuana laws. One day you are required to grow weed, the next day they try and pretend like it doesn’t exist. We can only hope that it will one day make up its mind, or at least, pay attention to what’s going on around it.
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