BOYKINS, Va. (WAVY) – A Hampton Roads firm is gearing up for the legalization of marijuana in July.
Earlier this month, the General Assembly handed a invoice to legalize easy possession of marijuana and restricted dwelling development starting July 1, 2021, three years earlier than initially deliberate. Recreation gross sales nonetheless received’t be authorized till 2024.
“It was a sigh of relief,” stated James Lee, the proprietor of Chesapeake-based Bon Bon Farms.
In 2019, the rooms on the Boykins manufacturing unit have been full of hemp crops, however now the rooms are empty.
“We are shifting our focus from growing hemp to the processing … side,” Lee added.
But Bon Bon Farms continues to be very a lot within the cannabis recreation. Staff says rising crops isn’t as cost-effective as simply processing them. Lee simply bought a $250,000 state-of-the-art cannabis extracting machine. It will get the very best CBD oils out of assist crops and within the close to future, the very best THC from cannabis.
“There’s really not a lot of people running this system right now,” Lee stated. “We want to hit the ground running. We don’t want the market to have an undersupply. We want to be able to provide for the market because we know how long Virginia has waited for this.”
It will quickly be authorized to develop crops in properties within the commonwealth. James Lee’s gamble paid off when he began the corporate.
“It is still sinking in, to be honest,” Lee added.
Commercial distribution received’t be authorized for a few years, however when it’s, Lee will be capable of manufacture edibles, gummies and different merchandise.
“It’s not legal yet, but I think July Fourth weekend is going to be the dawn of a new era,” Lee stated.
Lee says till industrial distribution is authorized, the corporate will attempt to educate the general public on utilizing cannabis safely.
After July 1, Virginians nonetheless received’t be capable of smoke marijuana in public and in a car. Penalties stay for youth use and possession on college property.