Virginia Cannabis Market in Limbo

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The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation this past session to create a retail market for cannabis — Governor Glenn Youngkin vetoed this legislation.  The Commonwealth had legalized cannabis for adult possession and cultivation in 2021.

Cannabis is currently legal and available only to treat medical conditions at state-regulated dispensaries. But concerns linger as to the health effects of chronic cannabis consumption and to what extent a black market for cannabis contributes to criminal activity.

What exactly is legal now? Should cannabis be available for retail sale in Virginia? How would it work? Could it affect law enforcement?  What about people already serving time now for marijuana crimes?

Agenda Alexandria will host a panel discussion and ask these questions during its April program on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyceum in Old Town, Alexandria.  To register, go to


  • Trent Woloveck – Chief Strategy Director at Jushi, owner of Beyond Hello dispensaries
  • Jeremy Preiss Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) Authority’s Chief Officer and Acting Head – Regulatory, Policy, and External Affairs
  • Robert B. Nealon, Esq. – Senior Partner of Nealon & Associates, P.C
  • Bryan Porter – Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria


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