Growing Marijuana In Virginia

May 4, 2021

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Virginia is for lovers – of cannabis. Starting July 1, 2021, it is no longer a felony to possess hash. Similarly, it’s no longer a felony to grow marijuana. It’s also okay to gift small amounts of marijuana. However, you can’t sell paraphernalia, so forget about any ideas to start a custom bong business.

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.

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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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Although allowed, growers must properly identify their plants by tagging them with an ID or driver’s license.

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Prior to legalization, Governor Ralph Northam approved a medical CBD program for multiple conditions. Previously, CBD was only allowed for intractable epilepsy.

Qualifying patients could possess limited amounts of CBD oil (“cannabidiol oil”) or THC-A oil for medicinal reasons.

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Virginia has excellent growing conditions for marijuana. As long as your plants are not visible by the public eye and labeled, those 21 years and older can grow up to four plants.

For those new to cannabis cultivation,  The Marijuana Grow Bible can help. 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.

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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, then the state tries to pretend like it doesn’t exist, followed by, ‘fine, as long as no one sees.‘ It’s been an exciting ride, with weed winning in the end.

FAQ about growing marijuana in Virginia

Is it a felony to grow marijuana in Virginia?

Not anymore! As of July 1, 2021, those 21 and older may grow up to four plants for personal use.

Is it a felony to sell marijuana in Virginia?

Yes, It is a felony crime to traffic or sell cannabis in the State of Virginia.

Is Possessing a small amount of cannabis in Virginia a felony?

As of July 1, 2021, Virginia legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana and decriminalized possession of up to a pound.

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  4. By Amanda ,25 Jun 2017
    What?!?! Did I read this right?
  5. By Mike Brown ,23 Feb 2018
    I'm assuming that this site is not an active site as there is nothing current regarding the Commonwealth of Virginia's recent passage and the grower license application process not being highlighted. Dormant or just not keeping current?
    1. By David ,31 Mar 2020
      Mr. Brown could you please let me know where to get this licences. Website preferred. Thank you
  6. By David ,31 Mar 2020
    The question that I have is This. if this was a law in Jamestown why is it not been re visited. Why is there so many laws against cannabis and not for cannabis. Why has there not been A Argued […]Read More
  7. By Sammy ,27 May 2020
    Finally I heard the big news here in Va.,Marijuana has been dicriminalized.Yeeaa!!!!!
  8. By Kevin ,14 Aug 2020
    I do not have time for the extracurricular activities of marijuana. I just want to be able to grow my own personal cannabis on a small scale. I am willing to pay a reasonable annual fee keep a reasonable plant […]Read More
  9. By Wyoming CBD ,18 Aug 2020
    Sharing this with roommates.
    1. By Josh ,24 May 2021
      Mostly, Bad and misleading info.
      1. By Stacy ILGM ,26 May 2021
        Hi Josh, thanks for your feedback. Can you please point out which part you have a problem with so we can see if we can update it? :)
  10. By what is cbd oil used for ,06 Sep 2020
    Great piece of content.
  11. By Jimmy ,13 Apr 2021
    This page is out dated. Cannabis has been decriminalized and as of July 1, 2021 cannabis is legal and you can grow up to 4 plants.
  12. By Stephen ,02 Jun 2021
    There are quite a few Smoke shops in VA that have sprung up the past 2-3 years that sell pipes and bongs. Maybe they just use the "Tobacco Use Only" as a defense. Also, one can grow 4 plants legally […]Read More
  13. By EK ,11 Jun 2021
    I'd love to know what strains can hold up to the relentless humidity and rain fall in Virginia..
  14. By Chris ,10 Jul 2021
    I want to start growing in my goal is to have a dispensary of CBD Delta 8 and THC down the road mainly because of my hero and my father he's an avid smoker and I believe that's what keeps […]Read More

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