Posted by Hassan on 02/23/2018
Despite the legalization of marijuana being strongly supported by Virginians, with 62% of residents supporting recreational marijuana legalization and 86% supporting medical marijuana legalization, marijuana is still very much illegal in Virginia. Like many other conservative states, though, Virginia does have a very limited medical marijuana law. House Bill 1445 was passed in 2015 and it allows patients with epilepsy to avoid a conviction for certain low-THC medical cannabis oils.
On November 7, 2017 the voters of Virginia elected former Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to be the next governor of the commonwealth. During the campaign, Northam made marijuana policy reform an important issue, stating: “We need to change sentencing laws that disproportionately hurt people of color. One of the best ways to do this is to decriminalize marijuana.” He has also expressed that he is open to the potential medical benefits of marijuana.
Over the last few months, the Virginia State Crime Commission has looked at the benefits of marijuana decriminalization in Virginia, and the majority leader of the Senate, Sen. Tommy Norment (R), expressed his intent to introduce a bill to decriminalize simple possession of small amounts of marijuana. While the details of this bill have not yet been revealed, this is an encouraging development, especially considering Ralph Northam’s pro-decriminalization position during his campaign. With the new make up of the House of Delegates and Northam as governor, it seems very likely that a decriminalization bill will be signed by the governor in 2018.
A bill that would allow physicians to broadly prescribe a form of medical marijuana received preliminary approval in the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday and seems likely to become law, its sponsors say, after years of failed attempts.
The legislation, HB 1251, would permit the use of non-hallucinogenic marijuana or cannabis extracts known as cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to treat any diagnosed condition or disease. Scientific studies indicate that the oils can reduce nausea and alleviate pain, and also may slow the growth of and kill some cancer cells.
West Virginia Considers Marijuana Legalization
There are enough new cannabis jobs to employ any interested job candidate across the country but finding a viable position in the cannabusiness is easier said than done. When searching for the best cities to work in the marijuana industry, it’s helpful to gain a better understanding of the current cannabis job market.
Marijuana Dispensary Jobs
West Coast's various pot shops have informative, enthusiastic employees working in reception, budtending, management, security and other positions. The sales division of the marijuana industry employs some of the most individuals with part and full-time positions that facilitate the sale of cannabis products to medical patients and adult customers.
Finding work in a dispensary is a competitive venture. Especially if you are applying to be a budtender or work in management, the pool of applicants swells to keep up with interest in this new industry.
Marijuana Tourism Jobs
As I mentioned earlier, West Coast has leveraged cannabis to bolster its tourism industry, bringing in significant taxable revenue on cannabis and earnings from pricey niche tour and vacation packages.
Marijuana Growing Jobs
While Denver may lead the movement with many things cannabis, it is not the ideal location to grow cannabis outdoors. Historically, Humboldt County, California and Southern Oregon have hosted the most large-scale grow operations of anywhere in the country.
While some of us may be getting restless with the limited number of direct marijuana jobs in our state and neighborhood, online marijuana jobs are beginning to assert themselves at the forefront of the industry.
Largely, online marijuana jobs facilitate freelance marijuana jobs and an ability to work from home or from the independent contractor’s locale of choice. The beauty of the internet is that it allows for constant and immediate communication between business partners and associates.