Virginia’s New Laws on Growing Cannabis for 2023

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In recent years, the cannabis industry has been gaining momentum and support across the United States. One state that has seen significant changes to its cannabis laws is Virginia. As of 2023, Virginia has introduced new laws that allow for the cultivation of cannabis for personal use. Yay! This opens so many doors for growers in Virginia.

How Many Plants Can I Grow?

Under the new laws, Virginia residents are permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use, with a maximum of two mature plants at any given time. However, these plants must be grown in an enclosed, locked space that is not visible to the public. This law applies to adults over the age of 21, and violations can result in a fine.

How Much Weed Can I Carry on Me?

While these new laws are a step in the right direction, there are still limitations to the legalization of cannabis in Virginia. Possession of cannabis in amounts greater than one ounce remains illegal and is punishable by fines and potentially even jail time. Additionally, the sale of cannabis is still prohibited, although the Virginia General Assembly is currently working on legislation to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis.

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What’s To Gain For Growers in Virginia

For one, the ability to grow cannabis at home provides Virginians with greater autonomy and control over their personal use of cannabis. This could be especially important for individuals who use cannabis for medical purposes, as they may not have easy access to dispensaries or may not be able to afford the high prices associated with legal cannabis in Virigina.

Furthermore, allowing individuals to grow their own cannabis can help to reduce the criminalization of cannabis use and possession, which has historically been used to unfairly target marginalized communities.

By giving individuals the ability to grow their own cannabis, Virginia is taking an important step toward equity and social justice.

Do I Need a License to Grow Weed in Virginia?

No, you do not need a license to grow cannabis for personal use in Virginia. Residents who are 21 years of age or older are allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use, with a maximum of two mature plants at any given time. Make sure the plants are grown in an enclosed space with a lock that is not visible to the public. Violations of these regulations can result in fines or other legal consequences. Although, growing cannabis for commercial purposes still requires a license in Virginia.

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Growth in The Cannabis Industry


With the new laws on growing cannabis in Virginia, it has the potential to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in the cannabis industry. As more individuals begin to grow their own cannabis, there will be a growing demand for equipment, supplies, and other related products. This could create opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses to enter the cannabis industry and thrive.

Overall, while there are still concerns and limitations surrounding Virginia’s new laws on growing cannabis, the potential benefits are significant. By providing greater autonomy and control over personal cannabis use, promoting equity and social justice, and stimulating economic growth, Virginia is taking an important step towards a more equitable and just society.


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