Cannabis control; retail market. (SB391)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cannabis control; retail market; transitional sales by pharmaceutical and industrial hemp processors; penalties. Establishes a framework for the creation of a retail marijuana market in the Commonwealth. The bill creates a regulatory and licensing structure for such retail market and for the cultivation, manufacture, and wholesale of marijuana and marijuana products to be administered by the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority. The bill allows certain pharmaceutical and industrial hemp processors, pending establishment of the retail market, to cultivate, manufacture, and sell to persons 21 years of age or older cannabis products. The bill also relocates and modifies numerous criminal provisions regarding marijuana offenses. The bill has staggered effective dates. The bill satisfies the reenactment requirement of Chapters 550 and 551 of the Acts of Assembly of 2021, Special Session I, but makes numerous modifications to the provisions of the 2021 legislation related to licensure, criminal penalties, expungement, regulation of certain hemp products, local regulation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103983D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/13/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB391)
01/18/2022Assigned Rehab sub: Cannabis
02/02/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Committee substitute printed 22105973D-S1
02/04/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB391S1)
02/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB391S1)
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22106443D-S2
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee substitute rejected 22105973D-S1
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106443D-S2
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB391S2
02/15/2022Passed by temporarily
02/15/2022Floor substitute printed 22106647D-S3 (Ebbin)
02/15/2022Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Committee substitute reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Committee substitute rejected 22106443D-S2 (15-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2022Substitute by Senator Ebbin agreed to 22106647D-S3
02/15/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB391S3
02/15/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB391S3)
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
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2023 (5-Y 3-N)
03/01/2022Continued to 2023 in General Laws (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
11/22/2022Left in General Laws