Apr 19, 2024 - News

How to legally get high in Virginia

Illustration of a gavel, but the handle is a marijuana joint.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Virginia hasn't legalized recreational weed sales yet, but that doesn't mean you can't get legally high.

The big picture: Since Virginia became the first southern state to legalize marijuana consumption in 2021, the path to a legal market has been a doobie (sorry, a doozy).

  • The closest Virginians got to legally buying weed was this year, when Democrats sent a retail marijuana market bill to Gov. Youngkin.
  • He vetoed it, but not before bluntly saying, "Anybody who thinks I'm going to sign that … must be smoking something."

The intrigue: A loophole allowing the sale of THC-containing products like Delta-8, closed last July. So that route is out, too.

  • Now, any hemp products have to have 25 times as much CBD as they do THC and can't have more than 0.3% THC.
  • The law has led some hemp businesses to leave the state. Others, like one in Southwest Virginia, got hit with nearly $100,000 in penalties.
  • A federal judge threw out the hemp industry's attempt to block it last October, saying Delta-8 is "a credible threat to the Virginia population."

What you can legally do to get baked (if you're 21 or older):

🪴 Grow up to four marijuana plants.

🪪 Get a medical marijuana card, which Karri was able to do within three hours and four minutes, and go to a medical marijuana dispensary like gLeaf, which delivers, or Cannabist in Carytown.

🏠 Possess a limitless amount of weed in your home or one ounce in public (buying is still illegal).

👯‍♀️ Share up to one ounce of marijuana in private.

What you can't do:

ğŸŽ "Gift" someone weed in exchange for another purchase, like a sticker.

🚬 Smoke in public places or on federal land.

🚘 Drive while high.

⛑️ Sell or distribute outside of the medical program.

🚫 Possess or consume if you're under 21.

🫙 Open a container in a car.


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