In 2021, Virginia made history when it became the first state in the
South to legalize cannabis for responsible use by adults. Though legalization
is now the law of the land, which today includes personal possession
and cultivation, there remains much work to be done before Virginians are
able to legally purchase cannabis outside of the medical program. Concerns
over social equity provisions, retail sales dates, and the reenactment
clauses added during the 2021 legislative session have drastically slowed
the process of expanding the regulated marketplace to adult-use consumers.
With many key components requiring reenactment by the 2022 General Assembly
Session, the future of cannabis in the Commonwealth remains hazy
and rolled up tightly in partisan politics.
JM Pedini & Cassidy Crockett-Verba,
First in the South: Cannabis Legalization in Virginia,
Rich. Pub. Int. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/pilr/vol25/iss1/8