Virginia Medical Marijuana News

Virginia: Mcauliffe Signs Two Medical Marijuana Bills

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

March 1st, 2015
RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law Thursday legislation to decriminalize two medical marijuana derivatives for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

Virginia: What’s Behind Roy Scherer’s 40-Year Fight To Legalize Marijuana In Virginia

CBS 6 News

January 29th, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. — Not unexpectedly Wednesday, a Senate justice committee in the Virginia General Assembly quickly stomped out a proposed bill by an Alexandria Democrat that would make simple possession of marijuana a civil offense, punishable by a $100 fine. Roy Scherer, Virginia’s first registered marijuana lobbyist, watched from the gallery, a place he has sat many times since he started pushing for decriminalization 43 years ago.

Virginia: Virginia Marijuana Bill Dies In Senate Committee

The Virginian-Pilot

January 28th, 2015
Each side got a mere five minutes to make its case, but a Northern Virginia lawmaker got what he wanted Wednesday - a discussion about marijuana in the General Assembly.

Virginia: Poll - Overwhelming Support For Medical Marijuana In Virginia

The Weed Blog

January 7th, 2015
A new poll was released yesterday by Public Policy Polling. The poll asked Virginia residents a total of nine questions relating to marijuana reform. Below are some of the questions asked, along with the results. As you can see, there is strong support for reform in Virginia right now:

Virginia: Poll - 60% Of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization


January 6th, 2015
A poll conducted by the firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed that 60% of Virginia voters would support decriminalizing the adult possession of small amounts of marijuana, indicating strong support for state Senator Adam Ebbin’s marijuana decriminalization measure, Senate Bill 686. Decriminalization had majority support from every age, racial, and gender demographic.

National: Marijuana Reforms - Are The Kids Alright?

WVFT Public Radio

January 6th, 2015
As Virginia’s legislature considers a bill to decriminalize marijuana, some critics worry that doing so will send the wrong message to kids who may already view the drug as harmless, and the prospect of legalization sends some parents into a panic.

Virginia: Virginia Senator Proposes Decriminalizing Marijuana

WRIC 8 News

November 11th, 2014
A state legislator is proposing legislation to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, reducing the current fine for marijuana possession and axing the 30-day jail sentence.

Virginia: Fairfax, Frederick Moms Lobby Feds For Medical Marijuana For Kids With Epilepsy

The Washington Post

June 19th, 2014
Beth Collins of Fairfax, one of two Northern Virginia mothers who have moved to Colorado to obtain medical marijuana oil for her daughter with epilepsy, is continuing the effort by mothers across the country to make the oil available for the thousands of families with children who have multiple seizures every day. After being featured in an article in The Post in April, Collins reached out to the Office of National Drug Control Policy to lobby for a shift in the federal scheduling of marijuana ...

Virginia: Advocates Launch Votemedicalmarijuana.Org To Track Voting Records For Individual Members Of Congress

Washington, D.C. -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) relaunched its website today, an interactive online tool that provides voting statistics and a report card for each Members of Congress. For example, the site provides details on yesterday's vote to allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to recommend medical marijuana for their patients. Although the amendment didn't pass, it received more "yes" votes from Congress than any other ...

Virginia: VA. Rep. Griffith Introduces Federal ‘Legitimate Use Of Medicinal Marijuana Act’

The Washington Post

April 30th, 2014
Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith (R) this week introduced a bill in Congress that would remove the federal obstacle to prescribing and possessing medical marijuana in states where that is legal, such as Virginia. He said he knows this will be a long hard fight, “but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Virginia: NORML Pac Endorses Adam Ebbin For US Congress


April 28th, 2014
Washington, DC -- Today, NORML PAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin in his campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 8th Congressional District.

Virginia: Northern Va. Families Move To Colorado To Get Medical Marijuana For Children With Epilepsy

The Washington Post

April 12th, 2014
For the parents of children with intractable epilepsy, the stream of constant seizures, emergency-room visits and powerful medications can become a demoralizing blur. Beth Collins of Fairfax County said her teenage daughter suffered as many as 300 epileptic seizures per day.

Virginia: Poll - 84% Of Virginians Back Medical Marijuana

Richmond Times-Dispatch

April 1st, 2014
A new poll finds that Virginia voters support legalizing medical marijuana by an overwhelming 84 percent to 13 percent, but support for recreational marijuana is divided with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Virginia: 4 Out Of 5 Virginians Support Medical Marijuana, Half Same-Sex Marriage


March 31st, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – There’s overwhelming support for medical marijuana and growing support for same-sex marriage in Virginia. This is all according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.

Virginia: Virginians Back Gay Marriage, Medical Marijuana

Richmond Times-Dispatch

March 31st, 2014
Support for same-sex marriage among Virginia voters remains unchanged since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a new poll finds.

Virginia: VA Families Work For Changes To Medical Marijuana Law

NBC 29 News

March 20th, 2014
A family in Staunton, along with others across Virginia, is challenging legal hurdles because they believe medical marijuana may be the answer to a life-threatening condition.

Virginia: Epilepsy Foundation Of Virginia Backs Medical Marijuana Research

Richmond Times-Dispatch

February 22nd, 2014
The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia has joined its national counterpart in supporting improved access and research into medical marijuana to treat epilepsy.

Virginia: Medical Marijuana Lobbyists Will Be In Richmond On Monday, Jan. 20

Daily Press

January 17th, 2014
T.J. Thompson, chair of Safe Access Virginia, the newly formed state chapter of Americans for Safe Access, the national group advocating for medical cannabis (it prefers the "scientific" term over marijuana), will be leading a lobbying effort in Richmond on Monday, Jan. 20.

Virginia: EMT On Leave After Marijuana-Related Charge In Henrico

Richmond Times-Dispatch

September 26th, 2013
RICHMOND – The Richmond Ambulance Authority has placed one of its emergency medical technicians on administrative leave following his arrest for allegedly giving marijuana-laced baked goods to juveniles.

Virginia: Major Pot Bust In Prince George

Richmond Times-Dispatch

August 28th, 2013
Police have located 100 marijuana plants, seized 11 firearms and found about 2,500 grams of processed marijuana during a law enforcement raid today in the Burrowsville area of Prince George County.