The Commonwealth of Virginia is looking for its first full-time, dedicated cannabis attorney.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced he is currently seeking applications for an attorney to serve as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first full-time, dedicated cannabis attorney.

The attorney will serve as general counsel to the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority while also assisting other Virginia state agencies regarding regulations and laws regarding cannabis, according to a press release.

“By decriminalizing and now legalizing simple possession we’ve taken the most important and urgent steps to stop the harm caused by cannabis prohibition,” said Attorney General Herring. “Now comes the hard work of building a safe, stable regulatory system that protects public health and the environment and ensures a safe, fair, and equitable marketplace that encourages opportunity amongst the communities who have been most harmed by the War on Drugs approach of the past. I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the Commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair, and sensible system for dealing with cannabis.”

Attorney General Herring’s new cannabis attorney will serve as the Commonwealth’s subject matter expert on the legal and regulatory environment surrounding cannabis, the release states.


Position Information

Working TitleAssistant Attorney General – Supporting Virginia Cannabis Authority, Financial Law and Government Support Section (00528)
Role TitleNon-Classified
Job Open Date07/13/2021
Job Close Date07/28/2021
Open Until Filled
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?No
Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience.
AgencyAttorney General (141)
LocationRichmond (City) – 760
Position Number00528
Job Posting Number1083014
Type of RecruitmentGeneral Public – G
Does this position have telework options?No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/PreferenceNo
Job TypeFull-Time (Salaried)
Job Type DetailFull-Time Salaried – Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay BandUG
Job Description
A unique opportunity exists to work in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General in the Financial Law & Government Support Section of the Government Operations & Transactions Division.  We offer the challenge and opportunity of public service, work-life balance, and an attractive compensation package inclusive of paid time off, paid holidays, health/dental/life insurance, retirement and more.
The attorney in this position will serve as general counsel to the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority, while also assisting other Virginia state agencies regarding the regulation of cannabis and other controlled substances.  Duties of this position include representing state agency clients in civil litigation and administrative appeals; providing legal guidance to state agency clients with respect to the legal risks of contemplated agency action; advising state agency clients with respect to developing and enforcing internal and external policies and procedures; drafting official opinions for the Attorney General; and perform legal reviews and provide advice regarding legislative bills and initiatives coming from the General Assembly
This position is located in Richmond, Virginia, and reports to the Chief of the Financial Law & Government Support Section.
Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and be admitted to the Virginia State Bar or be eligible for admission; excellent oral, written, public-speaking and other communication skills tailored to a variety of audiences; strong legal research and writing skills; and possess a minimum of three  years of experience as a practicing attorney.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in business law; prior legal representation of government agencies; familiarity with state and federal regulation of controlled substances; and litigation experience and skills in both state and federal court.
Special Requirements
The following application materials are required:

Cover Letter
Writing Sample


A criminal background check will be conducted on successful candidate.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this opportunity, a complete application, including all previous employment, with job duties listed, supervisory contacts and education is required. Blank fields and “See Attached Resume” will not be accepted. No exceptions. Failure to complete any section of the application may result in disqualification.
NameHuman Resources
FaxApplications will not be accepted via fax.
EmailApplications will not be accepted via email.
Applications will not be accepted via U.S. Mail.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * How did you find this employment opportunity?
    • State Recruitment Management System (RMS)
    • Agency Website or Bulletin Board
    • Job Board (Indeed, Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
    • Newspaper or Professional Journal (Please specify below)
    • Career Fair or Job Event (Please specify below)
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Radio/TV (Please specify below)
    • Other (Please specify below)
  4. * Please specify the actual source from your response to question #3 above (Name of newspaper, Journal Title, Job Board, Career Fair, Agency Website, Social Media Type, etc.) If unknown or none, enter: N/A.(Open Ended Question)
  5. * Please indicate bar memberships, state and year admitted:(Open Ended Question)
  6. * Do you have any relatives (including domestic relationships) currently employed with this Office? If so, please indicate the name(s) below.(Open Ended Question)
  7. * Have you ever been previously employed with the Office of the Attorney General? If yes, please indicate dates of employment.(Open Ended Question)
  8. * Please be advised that your employment application will not be considered unless the Relevant Work History section of the state application is inclusive of relevant work experience and supervisory contact information. (Please note that a resume cannot be used in lieu of listing relevant work experience on the state application). Is your application fully complete with these elements?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Document

Optional Documents

  1. Transcript

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