The Weed Blog Reports:

Last year’s passage of SB 1235 and HB 1445 gave intractable epilepsy patients and their caregivers an affirmative defense for possession of two marijuana oils, THCa and CBD used to treat seizures.  However, the law provides no way for patients to obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws. To help rectify this situation Senator Marsden from Fairfax introduced SB701 which, if passed, will provide a mechanism for production of these oils for patients with intractable epilepsy in the state.

“Patients and their families undergo incredible daily stress managing uncontrolled seizures. Breaking laws to obtain this treatment, is an additional stressor these families do not need.  Yesterday’s vote is a just another small victory towards ensuring these patients have safe, reliable access to this treatment”, said Beth Collins, ASA director of communications and outreach. “The passage of SB701 would have a dramatic impact on the lives of patients by further expanding the medical cannabis program to allow access within the state of Virginia to low-THC extracts.”

Full Article: http://www.theweedblog.com/virginia-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-program-improvement-bill/

SB 701 Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide.