Then Rasoul delivered a crusher: Carrying seeds across state lines most likely violates federal law, he noted. Because federally, marijuana remains outlawed for any purpose.
Under current state law, “What is clear is there is no way to buy [marijuana] legally in Virginia,” Rasoul said. He doubts the law distinguishes the seed from the plant, and reminded me distribution remains not yet legal. “To me, in Virginia, there’s no legal way to procure seeds, period,” Rasoul said.
My next call was to state Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke. Unlike Head and Rasoul, he’s had a long and illustrious legal career, including a stint as U.S. attorney for Western Virginia. Like them, he claims he’s never smoked dope either. When I got him on the phone I didn’t beat around the bush.
“John, where can I get some marijuana seeds?” I asked. He repeated the question back to me, kind of like an echo. And as luck would have it, one of his legislative assistants was within earshot and overheard.
“My aide says he knows,” Edwards replied.
“Put that guy on the phone,” I said. He did.
That’s how I wound up talking to Patrick Giallorenzo, who proved to be a fountain of pot-seed information. Within minutes, Giallorenzo texted my phone with a contact card for “John the Seed Guy.”