Is 7/1 the new 4/20?

Is 7/1 the new 4/20?

Unless you’ve been living on the dark side of the moon, you’re probably aware that Virginia’s possession laws are about to change. July 1 marks a major legal change for cannabis growers and users. But if you’re not getting your information from a reliable source, you could still land yourself in some trouble. 

You may be wondering whether you can grow cannabis, smoke it, sell it or buy it. The answers to most of those questions are “sometimes” and “it depends.” 

The laws are changing but nothing is straight forward just yet. You can grow pot, but you can’t sell it. Also you can’t buy seeds or cuttings to grow it. Oh, and you can’t transport it in from another state. How do you get it? Good question.

You can consume cannabis but not everywhere. You can have cannabis in your car but not in an open container. You think a sealed Ziploc bag or Tupperware container is closed? What about one inside of the other inside of a backpack? The answer in all cases is no! (It has to be in the unopened package from the supplier). 

Some of the new laws are pretty straightforward and sensible – the same sort of sobriety guidelines you see with alcohol such as those involving minors and driving. When you hear others you might find yourself wandering whether the lawmakers who crafted the legislation were doing some deep research on the subject during the crafting process. 

So with complicated laws and conflicting information coming from various sources, where do you go to sort all of this out? Well the same place where you’ve been sourcing all your information on growing “tomatoes” since 2004, your friendly neighborhood hydroponics shop, Blue Ridge Hydroponics.

Over the next couple of months we’re going to be running down all the information you need to know about the new cannabis laws in Virginia, what’s to come and what’s come before. We’ll let you know how we got to this place, what’s changing in the next few years, the history of cannabis growth and prohibition and what you can expect from Blue Ridge Hydroponics now and in the future. And along the way, we’re going to have some fun!

In the meantime Blue Ridge Hydroponics will be holding workshops in collaboration with Kief Cutivation Services to go over the new laws and teach you how to do your own growing on the following dates:

Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 PM

Sunday, July 11 at Noon

Sunday, July 18 at Noon

Come sign up in the store. Fees are $50 per workshop and a meal is included. All classes will run for about two hours. 

We’d love to see you there and we’d love for you to be a regular reader here. So if you have any suggestions for this trip we’re about to journey on together, let us know and we’ll be sure to address the subjects that are of the most interest to you. 

So comment below, come see us, follow closely and let’s get growing!