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Weekly Cannabis Round Up October 23

October 23, 2020 01:56 pm ET

Congresswoman AOC is eager to work with Republicans to end the War on Drugs

And Virginia opens its very first medical cannabis dispensary 

This is Lo with Veriheal keeping you up to date with the latest in cannabis news

Video Transcript

While Democrats and Republicans remain divided on a number of issues, ending the War on Drugs and cannabis legalization seems to stand out as common ground amongst both parties. 

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or also known as AOC, pointed out that both sides are coming together on issues concerning civil rights, policy and bringing an end to old drug prohibition laws. 

She also states that they’ve been able to propose solutions on a wide spectrum towards decriminalization and legalization, and that is increasingly becoming a position that more Republicans are agreeable to

House Republicans supported her proposal to defund the DEA and divert those funds to opioid treatment programs. 

AOC even noted that beyond legalizing cannabis on the federal level, any regulated markets need to be able to help communities harmed by prohibition. 

Next in news, medical cannabis is now available for purchase in Virginia! 

Patients in Virginia have been waiting and waiting for this day and it’s finally here! 

Dharma Pharmaceuticals, one of four licensed cannabis facilities approved by the state, officially opened its doors in Bristol this month. 

Virginia’s medical cannabis program model is a little different from other states that have legalized  

The state has it to where the facilities are vertically integrated meaning that the dispensaries have to grow, manufacture, and process all of the cannabis products they intend to sell.

Right now, there are 4 regional processing centers that are licensed by the state for medical cannabis. 

Cannabis products in Virginia are limited to oils, edibles, and vape cartridges and all must have a THC limit of 10mg or less. 

Despite having a severely limiting medical program, the interest in medical cannabis in Virginia has certainly bloomed since its launch this year.

The next dispensary Green Leaf in Richmond is slated to open later this month so stay tuned! 

And lastly, Maine scored $250,000 in its first weekend of recreational sales! 

There are a total of 9 licensed dispensaries in the state, 6 of which opened over the weekend.

Director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy indicated that he was impressed with how everyone abided by safe health practices, their willingness to wear masks, and maintain social distance.

Maine legalized adult use of cannabis way back in 2016 and is just now opening retail sites. 

Sales were expected earlier this year, but due to the pandemic, there were even more delays. 

But it looks like everything is now falling into place. 

So, go ahead and like this video and give us a follow to stay up to date with the latest in cannabis news. 

Thanks for watching! 

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