Industrial hemp; increases maximum THC concentration. (SB1115)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Industrial hemp; federal hemp producer license; emergency. Updates Virginia's industrial hemp laws to address the new hemp producer license issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill changes drug laws to exclude the industrial hemp possessed by a federally licensed hemp producer from the definition of "marijuana" and to exclude certain amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in such industrial hemp from the prohibition on THC. The bill exempts federally licensed hemp producers from state industrial hemp registration requirements and adds such producers to the list of those eligible to receive funds from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund. The bill makes other changes to industrial hemp laws, including (i) excluding from the definition of "dealer" any retail establishment that sells a completed product containing industrial hemp; (ii) making optional the monitoring and random testing of industrial hemp by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and authorizing the random sampling of such hemp; (iii) removing the requirement that the Attorney General of the United States be notified when a Virginia grower, dealer, or processor exceeds the federal THC limit; and (iv) directing the Commissioner to adopt regulations establishing a fee structure for registration. Finally, the bill exempts employees of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from prosecution for possession or distribution of industrial hemp when possession is necessary in the performance of their duties. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


02/19/2021: Passed the House


12/21/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101447D
12/21/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/26/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103790D-S1
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103790D-S1
01/29/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1115S1
01/29/2021Emergency clause added
02/01/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1115S1)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/10/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Committee substitute printed 21104490D-H1
02/12/2021Read second time
02/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1115H1)
02/15/2021Passed by for the day
02/16/2021Passed by for the day
02/17/2021Passed by for the day
02/18/2021VOTE: Passage (74-Y 23-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104490D-H1
02/18/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1115H1
02/18/2021Defeated by House (74-Y 23-N 1-A)
02/18/2021VOTE: DEFEATED (74-Y 23-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/18/2021Passed by for the day
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Amendment by Delegate Gilbert agreed to
02/19/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB1115H1
02/19/2021Passed House with substitute with amendment (75-Y 21-N 2-A)
02/19/2021VOTE: Adoption (75-Y 21-N 2-A)
02/23/2021House substitute with amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N)
02/24/2021House insisted on substitute
02/24/2021House requested conference committee
02/25/2021Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Ruff, McClellan, Peake
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Simon, Sullivan, Marshall
03/01/2021No further action taken
03/01/2021Failed to pass