Pharmaceutical processors; permits processors to produce & distribute cannabis products. (HB2218)

Introduced By

Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pharmaceutical processors; cannabis products. Permits pharmaceutical processors to produce and distribute cannabis products other than cannabis oil and for that purpose defines the terms "botanical cannabis," "cannabis product," and "usable cannabis." The bill requires the Board of Pharmacy to establish testing standards for botanical cannabis and botanical cannabis products, establish a registration process for botanical cannabis products, and promulgate emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill. The bill provides that if a practitioner determines it is consistent with the standard of care to dispense botanical cannabis to a minor, the written certification shall specifically authorize such dispensing. The bill allows the Board of Pharmacy to assess and collect botanical cannabis regulatory fees to cover costs associated with the implementation of the provisions of the bill, including costs for new personnel, training, promulgation of regulations and guidance documents, and information technology. The bill exempts the Board of Pharmacy's acquisition of a commercially available cannabis-specific software product to implement the provisions of the bill from the Virginia Public Procurement Act. This bill is identical to SB 1333. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102492D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2021Assigned HWI sub: Health Professions
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2218)
01/28/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
01/28/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103713D-H1
01/29/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2218H1)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103713D-H1
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2218H1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (93-Y 3-N 2-A)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (93-Y 3-N 2-A) (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)
02/11/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from Education and Health with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Committee substitute printed 21200081D-S1
02/11/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2218S1)
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200081D-S1
02/18/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2218S1
02/18/2021Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Placed on Calendar
02/22/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200081D-S1 (90-Y 7-N 2-A)
02/22/2021VOTE: Adoption (90-Y 7-N 2-A)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2218ER)
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2218ER)
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 227 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0227)