Cannabis control; establishes a framework for creation of a retail marijuana market, penalties. (HB698)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cannabis control; retail market; penalties. Establishes a framework for the creation of a retail marijuana market in the Commonwealth, to be administered by the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority. The bill allows the Authority to begin issuing all marijuana licenses on September 1, 2024, but provides that no retail sales may occur prior to May 1, 2025. This bill is identical to SB 448. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that the estimated amount of necessary appropriation for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities cannot be determined. However, Chapter 1 of the Acts of Assembly of 2023, Special Session I, requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. The impact on local adult correctional facilities, adult community corrections programs, and juvenile direct care and detention facilities cannot be determined.

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01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104440D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/11/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB698)
01/22/2024Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB698)
02/01/2024Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #5
02/02/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/06/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24107122D-H1
02/07/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB698H1)
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107122D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB698H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB698H1)
02/23/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/2024Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/23/2024Committee substitute printed 24108153D-S1
02/23/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB698S1)
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Committee substitute printed 24108432D-S2
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee substitute rejected 24108153D-S1
02/28/2024Finance and Appropriations Committee substitute rejected 24108432D-S2
02/28/2024Floor substitute printed 24108483D-S3 (Rouse)
02/28/2024Floor substitute printed 24108497D-S4 (Rouse)
02/28/2024Substitute #1 by Senator Rouse withdrawn
02/28/2024Reading of substitute waived (28-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Substitute #2 by Senator Rouse agreed to
02/28/2024Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB698S4
02/28/2024Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB698S2)
02/28/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB698S3)
02/28/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB698S4)
02/28/2024Passed by temporarily
02/28/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108497D-S4 (51-Y 47-N)
02/28/2024VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB698S4)
03/08/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB698ER)
03/08/2024Signed by Speaker
03/09/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB698ER)
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/14/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB698ER)
03/28/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto


This bill mentions Fairfax.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB423.

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