By Asif Charania, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, Valuation and Forensic Services Partner
Cannabis in Virginia: Current Status and Proposals
On April 7, 2021, Virginia began the process of legalizing cannabis possession in the Commonwealth. With the enactment of HB2312 and SB1406, criminal penalties were eliminated for simple possession (up to one ounce) by persons 21 years of age or older. The Virginia Assembly also plans to lay the foundation for a three-year process to legalize cannabis and create a regulatory framework for the sale of the product.
Commonwealth of Virginia Cannabis Control Authority
On July 1, 2021, a new state authority was authorized to regulate the industry. According to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s website:
Following the reenactment by the 2022 General Assembly, the Cannabis Control Authority (“CCA”), advised by a Health Advisory Council, will complete regulations, implement a social equity program, and issue business licenses. On January 1, 2024, assuming reenactment, legal sales to adults 21 and older can begin.
Future of Cannabis in Virginia
Our friends over at Gentry Locke Consulting have been providing valuable insights on the future of cannabis in Virginia. Gentry Locke noted that an initial meeting of the Cannabis Oversight Commission was held, and fundamental questions were raised about the future of cannabis law in Virginia. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) presented several recommend changes, which in certain cases, may drastically alter the prospects for potential licensees. Access more details and insights from Gentry Locke here.
Keiter is monitoring the current legal environment around cannabis and its impact on Virginia’s economy and business landscape and will continue to provide up-to-date guidance and industry best practices. Questions on this topic? Contact your Keiter Opportunity Advisor or Email |Call: 804.747.0000
-  https://www.cannabis.virginia.gov/
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-  https://mailchi.mp/gentrylocke/the-future-of-virginias-cannabis-law-hangs-in-the-balance?e=791c9f1f1e
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