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What is the Opportunity Size in Virginia

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Population of Virginia State:

8,631,393

Population of the Capital City, Richmond:
226,600
Population of the 2nd largest city, Virginia Beach:
449,000
Population of the 3rd largest city, Norfolk:
245,000
USA’s: 12th Most Populous State
USA’s 35th Largest State by Area
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CannDelta helps clients build winning, global strategies in the regulated space. From cannabis cultivation to large-scale cannabis research and development, CannDelta’s team of global industry experts will help you achieve a better, more profitable future in the regulated and scientific industry in Virginia and globally. Start your cannabis licensure journey off right, contact America’s #1 cannabis licensing consultants today! Turn-key application packages for small businesses. Get licensed now!

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Virginia Cannabis Regulations and Licensing Process

Virginia’s recreational marijuana industry is currently in limbo after the projected start date for legal sales on Jan. 1, 2024, was put on hold.

Legalization Background:

Virginia legalized adult-use marijuana for adults 21 and older in 2021, allowing possession and cultivation of up to four plants, with legal sales to begin no later than Jan. 1, 2024. However, the law required the General Assembly to later reenact provisions detailing a regulatory and market structure.

Legislative Obstacles:

The prospects for reenacting those measures have dimmed after the November 2021 state election, where Republicans regained control of the governor’s office and the House of Delegates. A pair of Republican-sponsored cannabis regulatory bills, which would have set up a licensing scheme for sales in 2024, were killed in a subcommittee, along with a similar Democratic bill. Encouragement from GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin appears to have contributed to the failure of these bills.

Budget Cuts and Public Health Crisis:

There is also a proposal to cut nearly 70% from the budget of Virginia’s Cannabis Control Authority. The absence of legal adult-use retail has led to illicit-market alternatives, and a rise in untested products, leading to concerns from both Republicans and Democrats of a “public health crisis.”

Current Stance of State Officials:

Gov. Youngkin is pushing for a bill to regulate hemp-derived cannabinoids but seems reluctant to advance any adult-use cannabis legislation. Lobbyists and industry observers see this as a sign that the governor is not interested in moving forward with the adult-use market.

Future Outlook:

The situation remains uncertain for the existing medical cannabis license holders and potential new market entrants. Virginia’s marketplace’s future depends on the political landscape, and it remains unclear when regulations will be solidified and legal sales will begin. The General Assembly elections this November, where every delegate and senator seat is up for election, could be the most significant factor affecting the outlook for legalization.

Those seeking to enter Virginia’s cannabis market must understand the regulatory ambiguity and stalled progress on adult-use sales. It’s essential to monitor the political environment and potential regulatory changes that may arise, especially in light of the upcoming elections. CannDelta remains committed to guiding its clients through this complex landscape, leveraging its expertise in cannabis licensing and regulations.

On July 1, 2021, the law authorized the creation of the Cannabis Control Authority (CCA), a new, independent political subdivision (“an authority”) to regulate the marijuana industry, including issuing licenses for businesses, creating health and safety guidelines, and promoting diversity within the industry. . On July 19, 2021, Governor Northam appointed members of the Cannabis Control Authority’s Board of Directors. The Board, along with a CEO, will lead the creation of an adult-use marketplace. The CCA will not complete marijuana regulations or begin accepting applications for businesses before 2023.

It will not be legal to sell marijuana before 2024. Until then, it remains a crime to sell any amount of marijuana. If the licensing provisions of the bill are reenacted (approved again) in the 2022 General Assembly session, you will likely be able to apply for a marijuana business license in 2023. More instructions and guidance for people wanting to start a marijuana business will be released before the application period begins.

Not at this time. The Cannabis Control Authority will be created this summer, and will hire staff, begin the regulatory process, and start engaging more directly with interested stakeholders over the next two years.

The law authorizing the creation of Virginia’s Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) took effect on July 1, 2021. However, the CCA will need time to hire staff and create regulations before licensing can begin. Additionally, many of the regulatory sections of the bill must be reenacted (approved again) by the 2022 General Assembly before becoming law. So, it is too early to say what the Virginia cannabis licensing process will entail. If the licensing provisions are reenacted, you will likely be first able to apply for marijuana business licenses in 2023. More instructions and guidance for people wanting to start a marijuana business will be released prior to that date.

As written, HB2312 and SB1406 contemplate application fees to start a marijuana business. However, these fees may vary depending on the type of business and your application status. For example, individuals or companies that qualify for a “social equity applicants” license will qualify for technical support and reduced or waived fees. There will be a Cannabis Equity Business Support Team within the Cannabis Control Authority that will provide guidance and support during the licensing process for applicants who qualify. Notably, the details of the licensing process must be reenacted (approved again) by the 2022 General Assembly before becoming law. So, it is too early to say precisely what the licensing process will entail.

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CANNABIS CULTIVATOR LICENSE

The holder of an Cannabis Cultivator license is permitted to cultivate, harvest, dry/trim, and cure cannabis. They may hold a Cannabis Processor license and a Cannabis Distributor license. Similar licenses include the Cannabis Micro-business and Nursery license.

CANNABIS PROCESSOR LICENSE

A holder of an Cannabis Processor license is permitted to buy, store, and process cannabis (i.e. perform cannabis extraction or the infusion into edible cannabis products). They may also sell cannabis products to licensed distributors.

CANNABIS RETAIL DISPENSARY LICENSE

A holder of a Cannabis Retail Dispensary license is permitted to buy cannabis products to licensed Cannabis Distributors and sell to the public in their Adult-Use Cannabis Retail Dispensary store. Click the button below to learn how to get a weed license!

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CANNABIS DISTRIBUTOR LICENSE

A holder of an Cannabis Distributor license is permitted to buy, store, and sell cannabis products from Cannabis Processors At least 21 years of age; A U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Have a motorized vehicle; Have no major felony convictions.

CANNABIS CONSUMPTION LOUNGE

A cannabis consumption lounge is a legal, controlled environment where adults can consume cannabis products. Starting such a venture requires a thorough understanding of complex regulations, for which a consultant can be invaluable. They help refine your business plan, navigate local and national laws, assist with the application process, and ensure ongoing compliance after securing the license. Their expertise enables you to create a legally sound, operationally feasible, and successful lounge, helping you transform your vision into reality while reducing the burden of compliance and licensing issues. Their support is an essential asset in launching and maintaining your cannabis lounge business.

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CANNABIS ANALYTICAL TESTING LICENSE

The Cannabis Laboratory Analytical Testing license is needed for individuals and corporations who wish to possess cannabis and to alter the chemical or physical properties of cannabis for testing purposes. Before applying, it’s important to determine if this license is needed, as the applicant may already be authorized to conduct analytical testing activities under the terms of an existing license (e.g., in-house testing for THC and CBD). Analytical testing may include but is not limited to testing for chemical and microbial contaminants, cannabinoid content, dissolution/disintegration, sterility, stability and pesticides, including assurance that requirements are being met by license holders bound by the cannabis mandatory testing requirements. Cannabis Laboratories often require ISO17025 certification to apply!

Pre-License Services

CannDelta can help you determine the right location for your cannabis facility or your site. Popular services include: Site Suitability, Regulatory Due Diligence, Leases, Mergers & Acquisitions, Audits, Floor Plan Design and Site Layout, Process Flow, Physical Security, and more. All of these services are standard in our turn-key cannabis application packages for new applicants.

Get help with turn-key licensing cannabis application. CannDelta will assist you with obtaining permits and provide consulting support for all cannabis license types.

CannDelta writes customized SOPs, and will train your team on industry best-practices and regulations. This includes training for Quality Management Systems (QMS), Deviations, Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) reports, regulatory audits, and cannabis security protocols.

We can create customized business plans to help forecast your company’s success and predict when you will receive a return on your investment. Our plans contain pitch decks & customized logos, branding, and a marketing plan.

LIcense application Types

A medical cannabis cultivator license allows for the holder to acquire, grow, cultivate, and harvest medical cannabis in an indoor, enclosed, locked, and secure area. The terms “cannabis cultivator”, “cultivator”, or “micro-cultivator” also have the same meaning.

Cannabis manufacturers and processors are responsible for converting raw cannabis plant material into a variety of products for the cannabis market. Some of the activities permitted for a cannabis manufacturer and processor may include:

  1. Extraction: This involves the use of solvents or other methods to extract cannabinoids and other compounds from the cannabis plant, which can then be used to create a wide range of products, including oils, tinctures, and concentrates.

  2. Infusion: This process involves adding cannabis extracts or oils to a variety of products, such as edibles, beverages, and topical products.

  3. Packaging and labeling: Cannabis manufacturers and processors are responsible for packaging and labeling their products in compliance with state and local regulations. This includes ensuring that all product labels are accurate and contain the required information.

  4. Testing: Cannabis manufacturers and processors are required to test their products for potency, purity, and safety before they can be sold to the public. This is to ensure that products are safe for consumers to use and meet the standards set by regulatory agencies.

 

A cannabis dispensary is permitted to sell cannabis products to customers who are of legal age, and may also be permitted to offer additional services such as educational resources, consultations with staff, and delivery services. However, it’s important to note that the activities allowed for a cannabis dispensary will be subject to local laws and regulations, and may also be subject to licensing requirements and other restrictions

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