Are weed seeds illegal in virginia

How you can legally grow marijuana in Virginia if buying and selling seeds is against the law

Diane Toscano said their law firm has been flooded with questions from clients about how to grow and to use recreational marijuana at home and not run afoul of the new laws.

RICHMOND, Va. — When Virginia’s new marijuana laws go into effect on July 1, it will become legal for adults 21+ to carry up to an ounce of marijuana. It will also become legal to grow up to four marijuana plants (per household) in Virginia.

However, it will remain illegal to buy or sell seeds with which to grow the plant.

How does one grow marijuana without first breaking the law to acquire the seed?

It’s a question that should be clarified once the new law officially takes effect and the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority jumps into action on July 1.

“Prior to decriminalization taking effect in 2020, the Commonwealth was arresting upwards of 30,000 Virginians annually for marijuana possession,” NORML development director Jenn Michelle Pedini, who also serves as the executive director of the state chapter, Virginia NORML, said. “So while Virginians may be asking, ‘Where can get I cannabis legally,’ it’s unlikely Virginians are asking, ‘Where can I get cannabis?'”

The new law does provide at least one legal loophole for interested parties to get started.

An adult can legally share or gift a marijuana plant with another adult as long as no money is exchanged or trade occurred.

It will not be legal for that “gift exchange” to happen in public.

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Christopher Haynie, who co-founded Richmond-based CBD, hemp, and home grow products store Happy Tree Agricultural Supply advised
Virginians thinking of navigating the new regulations to grow the plants at home to proceed with clarity and caution.

“What we don’t want in Virginia is for people who think they’re doing the right thing to inadvertently break the law and get in trouble for it,” he said. “It’s incumbent on us as responsible adults now that cannabis is legal in Virginia to follow the rules. I’ve never been much of a rule follower, but a lot of us have been waiting for this for a long time, so we’re not going to mess it up.”

It will also be against the law for Virginians to order seeds from other states where marijuana is already legal.

VirginiaNORML has answered some frequently asked questions here.

In April, the Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted to accept Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill that will allow limited possession and cultivation of the drug starting in July.

Republicans, who overwhelmingly opposed the bill when it initially went through the General Assembly, railed against the latest version.

Del. Chris Head (R – Roanoke County) called the bill “a train wreck.”

“The hard-fought compromise that barely made it out of this chamber and over to the Senate has just been discarded. And why is that? It’s because some activists want marijuana legalized and they want it legalized now, consequences be damned,” he said.

It will be years before legal retail sales is allowed in Virginia.

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The bill lays out the complex process of creating a new state agency to oversee the marijuana marketplace, with sales beginning and regulations going into effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

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Lynchburg man giving away thousands of free cannabis seeds to clear up confusion over new law

Many in Lynchburg have come to call Jonathan Zinski Virginia’s Johnny Appleseed of cannabis.

Kortney Lockey , Lynchburg Bureau Reporter

LYNCHBURG, Va. – One man is working to clear up confusion over a new law.

As of Thursday, cannabis is now legal for people 21 and up to have, use and grow in Virginia. However, unless a doctor has signed off on a prescription, there’s no legal way to buy it.

Many in Lynchburg have come to call Jonathan Zinski Virginia’s Johnny Appleseed of cannabis.

“I am very happy about it,” he says.

By day, he’s a customer service rep for a major corporation. By night, he’s a guy pursuing a passion — running a small hemp farm about 20 miles outside of town.

“It’s a huge grey area right now,” he says. “They sped up the process of legalizing possession and use.”

In the Commonwealth, you can now legally have and use cannabis. There’s just one problem.

“They still haven’t figured out buying and selling,” Zinski says.

The only way to legally get seeds is to get them for free, so that’s what Zinski set out to do.

After spending countless hours seeking donations from major cannabis producers, he passed out thousands of seeds to local retailers to give to customers.

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“Unfortunately, I can’t be growing anything large scale with THC yet,” he says. “I would love to see how the law pans out as far as being more fair to smaller growers, people who don’t have money.”

It will be three more years before you can buy and sell in the commonwealth. Zinski says we can’t wait. He wants to get seeds into as many hands as possible.

“I want to give people an avenue that they can legally grow, they can legally obtain seeds and they can do it in a responsible way.”