Cannacurio: Virginia’s Industrial Hemp Overview


Last week we reported on one of the three license types managed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). This regulator handles hemp registrations for all value chain participants including growers, processors and dealers. As with hemp dealers the regulators will report these licenses to the state police and law enforcement.

License Counts

Overall we found 2,299 licenses with cultivation as the most prevalent activity:

Virginia Hemp License Count

This is consistent with what we have seen in other states where cultivator’s make up the majority of licenses. Hemp Cultivators make up 63% of the active hemp licenses in the database so Virginia is not too far from the norm.

Virginia Industrial Hemp Licenses By Activity


Licenses were registered all across the state – covering most of the 95 counties and independent cities. Here’s the leaderboard for the top 11:

Virginia Hemp License Leaderboard

Vertical Integration

As we have reviewed hemp licenses, vertical integration is one factor we think is important. If companies are buying up lots of licenses, that can change the competitive nature of the industry. In Virginia, based on trade names, there does not appear to be too much concentration though many license holders have secured 2, 3 or even 4 licenses:

Virginia Vertical Integration Of Hemp Licenses

325 license holders have secured 745 licenses, which is about 32% of the total granted. In Texas we found less concentration with 88% of license holders garnering one license compared to only 68% in Virginia. This is at least somewhat driven by the types of licenses available – Virginia’s set of activities was more traditional than what was offered in Texas as they included a testing license.

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Ed Keating

Ed Keating is a co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Cannabiz Media and oversees our data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental and human resource markets and focuses on workflow products over the last twenty five years.  During that time he has worked for both startup and established information companies where he has led marketing, product management and sales organizations.  These companies include Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House, CT Corporation, EDGAR Online and Business & Legal Reports. At Cannabiz Media Ed enjoys the challenge of working with regulators across the globe as he and his team gather corporate, financial, and license information to track the people, products and businesses in the cannabis economy. Ed graduated from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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