Thursday’s giveaway attracted people like James Vigeant who said that he has regularly used marijuana for the past 50 years, doing so under what he called an ill-conceived drug war.
“All they did was create laws to put drug users in prison instead of giving assistance,” Vigeant said.
“It’s a good first step,” Brown said.
Elliott’s store partnered with Virginia Marijuana Justice, which she said provided 500 packets of six seeds each, to gift them to those who were eligible. When asked about the requirement that gifting occur in a private setting — Elliott said the store was closed for the day and it was a private event.
“Our goal here is to make sure people that are able to receive access to it, it’s legal. And people need it. And so we want to be able to help them get access to it,” added Elliott.
“I think the issue was that way more people showed up than we thought and it’s causing some traffic issues,” said store owner Jennifer Elliott.
CBS 6 reported hundreds of people lined up outside the Your CBD Store – RVA in a Short Pump strip mall on the first day that growing and possessing certain amount of marijuana became legal in Virginia.
However, it will remain illegal to buy or sell marijuana seeds from which to grow the plants.
To get seeds into the hands of people interested in growing plants, the Virginia Marijuana Justice (VAMJ) is giving away thousands of cannabis seeds at spots around Virginia.
RICHMOND, Va. — It will be legal to grow up to four marijuana plants in your home when Virginia’s marijuana laws change on July 1, 2021.
“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, co-founder of DCMJ, said in a statement. “However, we also know from our experience that so many people do not realize that they can grow cannabis at home legally. 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. So there is a significant educational component to our giveaways.”