Virginia’s New Marijuana Laws: The Fine Print is Everything.

Let’s be real – we’ve all done it. We’ve all checked that little box, acknowledging we’ve read terms of service we’ve never opened, agreeing to legalese we’ve never looked at. But, when it comes to Virginia’s new marijuana laws, the fine print is everything. We’ve all seen the headlines announcing the legalization of marijuana in Virginia, but we all know the headline isn’t the whole story. Let’s take a closer look.

As of July 1, 2021, in Virginia, adults age 21 and up can legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana on their person in public. BUT, consuming marijuana in public remains illegal, as does consuming marijuana while driving or being a passenger in a vehicle. Adults age 21 and up can legally grow up to four plants per household — not per adult, per household. BUT, those plants can’t be visible from a public way and cultivators must take steps to prevent people under age 21 from accessing them. AND, each plant must be tagged with the owner’s name, driver’s license or ID number and a note saying the marijuana being grown is for personal use. Adults age 21 and up can legally give up to one ounce of marijuana to another person 21 or older. BUT, you cannot receive money, gifts, etc., in exchange for the marijuana. AND, you can’t give or receive marijuana as a gift with another purchase. We’re heading into new territory, but what isn’t new is our belief that most people — the vast majority of people, in fact — want to do the right thing.

Most people want to understand and abide by the law. And when it comes to Virginia’s new marijuana laws, it comes down to reading the fine print.

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Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Free Accredited Program

Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this no-cost, virtual e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

  • In Course 1, An introduction to cultural and linguistic competency, you’ll learn what culture has to do with behavioral health care.
  • In Course 2, Know thyself – Increasing self-awareness, you’ll learn how to get to know your cultural identity and how it affects your work with clients.
  • In Course 3, Knowing others – Increasing awareness of your client’s cultural identity, you’ll learn how to get to know your client’s cultural identity.
  • In Course 4, Culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions and services, you’ll learn how to build stronger therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Credit Information

This program is approved for 4 – 5.5 contact hours for counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. Other professionals may earn a Statement of Participation.

Click here for more information or to register.

Exploring Mindfulness for the Teen Brain: Faceboook Event

Join Bethany Eigel, 4-H Agent in Chesterfield County and her daughter Zona as they release their Mindfulness Monday FaceBook premier video on May 10th at 2:00PM titled Exploring Mindfulness for the Teen Brain. When the time arrives, you’ll be able to interact with them via chat and view their session here: During this session, they will be addressing a variety of mindfulness techniques and what it takes to ‘find the right fit’, which will include some examples of resources, apps, and ideas. They will also touch on what specifically is going on with the chemistry of the teen brain and how mindfulness can specifically help in building resilience skills for future application.

 This is going to be a great session and one you won’t want to miss, so please plan to join us, May 10th at 2:00 PM on the Virginia 4-H FaceBook page.

PWC Community Services Receiving Applications for Mental Wellness Youth-Led Mini-Grants

To our dedicated residents and community partners,

The Prince William Community Services Behavioral Health Services Team has released the applications for suicide prevention and mental health promotion mini-grants. These grants are dedicated to funding youth-led and developed initiatives that focus on promoting mental health and healthy coping strategies for teenagers. Programs should be developed and driven by youth in the Greater Prince William area. The activities can occur in school, in the community and online.

We know that you care about the mental wellbeing of all of our residents and we hope you will help us in spreading this information to our young people via school groups and community organizations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Heather Martinsen with any questions.

Heather Martinsen, MSW, ICPS

Behavioral Health Wellness Supervisor

703-792-7739 Office |

Registration Now Open for Tall Cop Says Stop “High In Plain Sight” Workshop

Join the Prevention Coalition of Greater Prince William for an evening presentation with Jermaine Galloway also known as the ‘Tall Cop’ on Wednesday, April 21st 2021 from 7:00-9:00pm. His workshop “High in Plain Sight” is in high demand across the country, so don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about current alcohol, drug and concealment trends and identifiers. This Tall Cop session will also educate attendees on how to interview individuals and speak “the drug language”  about various alcohol and drug topics. Remember ‘You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know.

This training is designed for educators, parents, school administration, prevention and treatment providers, law enforcement, counselors, probation officers, and  community coalitions among many other groups.

‘Tis the Season for Renewed Wellness

Beginning in January of 2021, Prince William Community Services is offering this interactive wellness workshop at no cost to all residents of the Greater Prince William Area. Residents of all ages are encouraged to take their first steps on their wellness journey by accepting this invitation to identify and strengthen your 5 Bridges through BOND, FUEL, MOVE, REST, and GIVE.

“5 Bridges is a holistic and practical approach to wellness. This isn’t a prescription, it’s a self-care roadmap customized by you! This holistic health workshop is designed to provide you with strategies and tools that can be incorporated into your daily routines and mindset to achieve improved balance and harmony in your everyday life and relationships with others.”

To register, contact the Behavioral Health and Wellness team at 703-792-7739 or contact us using the following form.

NAMI Prince William: Family-To-Family Program

Program Beginning June 28th, 2021

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session education program for family, friends and significant others of adults with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family provides information about anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. Other topics covered include communication, problem solving, treatment and recovery.
The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. The program is taught by trained family members who have a loved one with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is an evidence-based program (EB). For information on the research base for the program, visit

NAMI is offering the Family-to-Family Program free of charge to participants, beginning June 28, 2021.

For more information and how to register, please contact NAMI Prince William at and include your telephone number; an instructor will provide you details.