NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The state of Virginia is still a long way off from Colorado, but it is easing up on its laws against marijuana.
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB1027 into law, which will allow Virginia pharmacies to make and sell marijuana extract oils for treating intractable epilepsy.
For Rashad Houston, a Newport News resident who was diagnosed with epilepsy a few years ago, it means hope.
He says he takes 10 to 12 pills a day and still has seizures.
“I have to eat a very healthy breakfast, then I try to do a workout, I have to, in order to keep my energy up,” Houston says. “The pills are so debilitating, they just wear me out.”
In the past three weeks alone, he says he had two major seizures that landed him in the hospital.
Currently, it is illegal in Virginia to purchase THC-A or Cannabidiol oils.
CBD oils and THC-A are non-psychoactive, which means they cannot be