Virginia is ready to party. Virginia’s also ready to grow. There’s just one teensy-tiny little problem. Even though Cannabis becomes legal July 1, it will still be illegal to buy or sell the seeds.
You know what’s not illegal, though, Grasshopper? Giving marijuana seeds away. So, you can see where this is going, right?
One organization plans to celebrate the first day of Cannabis legalization in the Old Dominion by giving out 10,000 free seeds. They’ll be handed out at three locations, to residents across the state.
Under the new Virginia marijuana law, a person can possess an ounce of Cannabis and grow four plants at home. So, Virginia Marijuana Justice (VAMJ) has set a goal to receive donations of cannabis seeds from local growers. They’ll give them away so residents can grow their own plants. The group is launching the effort in collaboration with DC Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) and Maryland Marijuana Justice (MDMJ).
“We have seen first-hand the smiles and gratitude that a free seed giveaway brings to first-time growers, and it’s pretty special,” Adam Eidinger of DCMJ, said, reports WTVR. “However, we also know from our experience that so many people do not realize that they can grow cannabis at home legally.”
Eidinger co-founded DCMJ, which did similar seed giveaways after the District of Columbia legalized Cannabis. “Some people didn’t know about the new law, as it pertains to home cultivation, until our volunteers handed them a free packet of seeds,” he said. “So there is a significant educational component to our giveaways.”
Here’s Where To Get The Seeds
The group will be giving out the seeds at thee locations around Virginia, reports NBC 12:
- Outside CBD Store-Richmond at 3442 Lauderdale Drive, Henrico
- Near Rosslyn Metro at 1850 N. Moore St., Arlington
- A private property in Charlottesville
“We want to mark this historic day by saying ‘let us grow’ now that home cultivation of Cannabis is legal in Virginia,” said Nat Copes, a VAMJ volunteer from Alexandria. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than by having VAMJ volunteers hand out free high-quality seeds to Virginians.”
Virginia decriminalized marijuana last year. That law reduced possession penalties to a $25 civil penalty and no jail time for amounts up to an ounce. In the past, possessing up to half an ounce could lead to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.