Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Forensic Science
Forensic Science Board
Regulations for the Approval of Marijuana Field Tests for Detection of Marijuana Plant Material [6 VAC 40 ‑ 50]
Amendments to Permit the Approval of Alternative Field Tests and Mobile Instruments
Action 5757
General Information
Action Summary Proposed amendments are made to broaden the types of chemical field tests that may be considered and approved by the Department. Currently, the regulation only permits the Department to consider and approve Duquenois-Levine field tests. Amendments will also permit the Department to consider and approve mobile instruments as technology becomes available. Under the proposed amendments, approval of any field test, whether chemical test or mobile instrument, will require that the field test be able to identify cannabis sativa plant material and distinguish marijuana from industrial hemp.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6809]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 1/29/2021
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9406 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/02/2022.
9583 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 05/12/2023.
10079 Final Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Amy Jenkins  / Department Counsel
Address: 700 North 5th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-6848    FAX: (804)786-6857    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this agency.