Leaders of the state of Virginia are evaluating a strategy that would permit people to purchase recreational cannabis before the year 2024.
Virginia legalized simple possession of cannabis for adults earlier this year. With the legalization of cannabis came limited home cultivation for adults with retail sales being postponed until 2024.
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A member of the General Assembly’s Cannabis Oversight Commission, State Senator Adam Ebbin said they’re suggesting a slight shift in the timeline for the retail sales of recreational cannabis.
“We’re recommending accelerating efforts to January 2023,” he said. “We felt like it is a legal product now, but without a legal way to obtain it we’re disadvantaging some Virginians.”
The commission’s proposal to rush the timeline for retail sales of cannabis and cannabis seeds are giving some people like Thomas Rawlings hope for the first time ever.
“It’s more of a liberation thing for the people that have been judged harshly for finding something that works for them and being able to produce it all on their own,” he said.
Thomas Rawlings said he’s used medical cannabis for medicinal purposes before but really wants to get educated more about growing cannabis seeds.
A Christmas cannabis seeds giveaway at the Happy Trees Agricultural Supply in Scott’s Addition, complete with a Santa Claus, drew a considerable crowd of people this Wednesday morning. Happy Trees Agricultural Supply gave away free cannabis seeds from Jolly Pond Farm cannabis genetics to support people who have been trying to get cannabis seeds following the recent changes to state law over the summer.
The owner of Happy Trees’ Richmond gardening store, Chris Haynie, said their enormous turnout is indicative of the residents’ interest in growing cannabis from seed and the need for more natural and herbal-based medicine solutions.
“People are no longer afraid to stand in line on a freezing cold morning out on broad street and boulevard, expressing their interest in growing cannabis seeds,” he said. “This is really good for the entire community, and America.”
Senator Ebbin stated that a bill will be brought forward in the next General Assembly Session in 2022. At this General Assembly Session, they would discuss if the 2023 timeline is actually practical or not.