Cannabis oil; processing and dispensing by pharmaceutical processors. (HB1988)

Introduced By

Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) with support from 19 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield), Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Pharmacy; pharmaceutical processors; processing and dispensing cannabis oil. Effects numerous changes to the processing and dispensing of cannabis oil by pharmaceutical processors in the Commonwealth. The bill defines the term "designated caregiver facility" and allows any staff member or employee of a designated caregiver facility to assist with the possession, acquisition, delivery, transfer, transportation, and administration of cannabis oil for any patients residing in the designated caregiver facility. The bill allows written certifications for use of cannabis oil to include an authentic electronic practitioner signature. The bill also eliminates the requirement that a pharmacist have oversight of the cultivation and processing areas of a pharmaceutical processor, instead requiring pharmaceutical processors to designate a person to oversee cultivation and production areas; removes the requirement that a cannabis dispensing facility undergo quarterly inspections, instead requiring that inspections occur no more than once annually; and allows pharmaceutical processors to remediate cannabis oil that fails any quality testing standard. The bill requires pharmaceutical processors to maintain evidence of criminal background checks for all employees and delivery agents of the pharmaceutical processor. The bill directs the Board of Pharmacy to promulgate regulations implementing the provisions of the bill and regulations creating reasonable restrictions on advertising and promotion by pharmaceutical processors by September 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101833D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2021Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1988)
01/28/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/28/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103668D-H1
01/29/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1988H1)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103668D-H1
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1988H1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/03/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/03/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/12/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2021Committee substitute printed 21200148D-S1
02/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1988S1)
02/18/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200148D-S1
02/22/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1988S1
02/22/2021Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200148D-S1 (94-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (94-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1988ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1988ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 205 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0205)