Virginia state officials must appoint three oversight boards before marijuana becomes legal for citizens to possess and consume in July, including an industry panel that will be in charge of licensing businesses to cultivate and sell adult-use cannabis starting as soon as January 2024.
According to Richmond TV station WWBT, the three boards are:
- The Cannabis Control Board to oversee business licensing and enforcement. Gov. Ralph Northam will appoint five members.
- A Public Health Advisory Board to advise lawmakers on public health impacts of legalization. The board will have 21 members and will include representatives from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia Pharmacists Association.
- A Cannabis Oversight Commission to oversee the entirety of the legalization rollout. The board will be comprised of 10 state lawmakers.