Pharmaceutical processors; operation of cannabis dispensing facilities. (SB976)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Pharmacy; pharmaceutical processors; cannabis dispensing facilities. Defines "cannabis dispensing facilities" and allows the Board of Pharmacy to issue up to five permits for cannabis dispensing facilities per health service area. The bill requires the Board to establish a ratio of one pharmacist for every six pharmacy interns, technicians, and technician trainees for pharmaceutical processors and cannabis dispensing facilities. The bill directs the Board of Pharmacy to require that, after processing and before dispensing cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil, a pharmaceutical processor make a sample available from each homogenized batch of product for testing at an independent laboratory located in Virginia that meets Board requirements. The bill requires that the Board promulgate regulations that include an allowance for the sale of devices for administration of dispensed products and an allowance for the use and distribution of inert product samples containing no cannabinoids for patient demonstration exclusively at the pharmaceutical processor or cannabis dispensing facility, and not for further distribution or sale, without the need for a written certification. The bill also requires the Board to adopt regulations for pharmaceutical processors that include requirements for (i) processes for safely and securely cultivating cannabis plants intended for producing cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil; (ii) a maximum number of marijuana plants a pharmaceutical processor may possess at any one time; (iii) the secure disposal of plant remains; (iv) dosage limitations, which shall provide that each dispensed dose of cannabidiol oil or THC-A not exceed 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol; and (v) a process for registering cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil products. The bill requires the Board of Pharmacy to promulgate required regulations within 280 days of the bill's enactment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105207D
01/15/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2020Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/06/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107275D-S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB976S1)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107275D-S1
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB976S1
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB976S1)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/18/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 1-N)
02/25/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/25/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/28/2020Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Passed by temporarily
03/02/2020House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB976ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB976ER)
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (87-Y 5-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (87-Y 5-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB976ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1278 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1278)
05/01/2020VOTE: (87-Y 5-N)