Virginia's recreational marijuana industry is on indefinite hold. Less than two years after the state became the first in the South to legalize marijuana, the sale of recreational marijuana remains prohibited. The future of the industry is uncertain, as Governor Glenn Youngkin has made it clear that he does not support recreational marijuana sales.
Maryland has joined its DMV neighbors in allowing adults 21 and older to consume marijuana recreational. However, in Virginia, the rules for buying the drug remain unchanged. With neighboring states moving forward with recreational marijuana legalization, Virginia risks missing out on potential tax revenue and economic growth.
In 2021, Virginia made history by becoming the first Southern state to legalize marijuana. This policy change allowed adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. However, the legalization of recreational sales has not yet been realized.