Marijuana; shape productions, definitions. (SB591)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) with support from co-patron Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Marijuana; shape prohibitions; definitions of marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol. Modifies the definition of "marijuana" in several Code sections to (i) include any substance containing a total tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that exceeds 0.3 percent or more than 0.25 milligram of tetrahydrocannabinol per serving or more than one milligram per package and (ii) exclude industrial hemp that is possessed by a person who holds a hemp producer license issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or his agent; an industrial hemp extract that contains a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of no greater than 0.3 percent and no more than 0.25 milligram of tetrahydrocannabinol per serving or more than one milligram per package at the time such industrial hemp extract is offered for retail sale and is derived from industrial hemp grown, dealt, or processed in compliance with state or federal law; and any drug product containing tetrahydrocannabinol that is approved for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and scheduled in the Drug Control Act by the Board of Pharmacy. The bill defines "tetrahydrocannabinol" to include any naturally occurring or synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol, including its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers. The bill removes references in the Code to delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol and amends numerous sections to accommodate for the definitional changes described above. The bill requires the Board of Directors of the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority to promulgate regulations that prohibit the production and sale of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products that depict or are in the shape of a human, animal, vehicle, or fruit. The bill has staggered effective dates. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101413D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2022Assigned Rehab sub: Cannabis
02/02/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (12-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Committee substitute printed 22105974D-S1
02/04/2022Rereferred to Judiciary
02/09/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB591S1)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB591S1)
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106399D-S2
02/09/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB591S1)
02/10/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22106520D-S3
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB591S2)
02/11/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB591S2)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute rejected 22105974D-S1
02/14/2022Committee substitute rejected 22106399D-S2
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106520D-S3
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB591S3
02/15/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB591S3)
02/24/2022Placed on Calendar
02/24/2022Read first time
02/24/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/24/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #5
02/24/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/24/2022Reported from General Laws (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Read second time
03/01/2022Passed by for the day
03/02/2022Floor substitute printed 22107326D-H1 (Freitas)
03/02/2022Passed by for the day
03/03/2022Passed by for the day
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022Passed by for the day
03/08/2022Passed by for the day
03/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB591H1)
03/09/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/09/2022Read third time
03/09/2022Passed by temporarily
03/09/2022Substitute by Delegate Freitas withdrawn 22107326D-H1
03/09/2022Amendments by Delegate Leftwich agreed to
03/09/2022Engrossed by House as amended
03/09/2022Passed House with amendments (89-Y 7-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Passage (89-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022House amendment agreed to by Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB591ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/04/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB591ER)
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/11/2022Governor's substitute printed 22108127D-S4
04/27/2022Passed by temporarily
04/27/2022Passed by for the day (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Chair votes yes
04/27/2022Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Amendments specific and severable (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
04/28/2022Left in Rehabilitation and Social Services


Tara writes:

You realize this bill has not much to do with the shapes of the products and more about destroying 90% of the FEDERALLY legal hemp industry here in the commonwealth.

The federal limit of thc (which is one of over 130 identified cannabinoids) is limited to .3% via the 2018 Farm Bill. If you look at the upcoming agenda for the 2023 Farm Bill the federal plan is to update that limit to 1%. So to try to pass a Virginia law that would take off the shelves 90% of the current federally legal hemp is that going to work out or be good for the people? It isn't.

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