How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Virginia? (Updated – 2022)

Yes! Medical Marijuana in Virginia is legal. Both medical and recreational use of weed is permitted. The first medical marijuana dispensary opened in August 2020, and a small amount of marijuana for adult recreational use became legal in July 2021. Full recreational, adult-use cannabis has been legalized but cannot be purchased until 2024.

All About Medical Marijuana in Virginia

The 2021 Virginia General Assembly established the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (“CCA” or “Authority”), recognizing it as the principal source of government expertise on cannabis and vesting it with broad authority to develop, issue, and enforce rules related to cannabis in Virginia. The 2021 legislation also empowered the CCA to undertake initiatives and promulgate regulations on various public safety and public health aspects of cannabis.

Consumption Forms

The allowed products may be in any formulation typically dispensed by pharmacies,

  • Oils
  • Tinctures
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Capsules
  • Tablets
  • Sprays
  • Lozenges
  • Troches
  • Patches
  • Suppositories
  • Lollipops.

Note that the affirmative defense does not apply to flowers, food products, or preparations outside the allowed cannabinoid amounts. Virginia has now approved the sale of flowers for medical marijuana patients starting from July 1st, 2021.

Caregiving

Medical Marijuana Patients in Virginia Can Have a Caregiver. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a medical cannabis card in Virginia. Caregivers must also be 18 years of age.

  • The parent/guardian residing at the same address as the patient should submit the parent/guardian application.
  • When issued a written certification and to obtain board registration, submit the parent/guardian application to the Virginia board.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Virginia?

There are no specific medical conditions that “qualify” for a medical marijuana card in Virginia. It is completely up to the doctor whether or not they want to permit medical cannabis patients to use cannabis. So, we’ve listed some of the most common conditions treated with marijuana.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Cachexia and wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

Necessary Documents

Those wishing to register in Virginia’s medical cannabis program

  • Must be a resident of the Commonwealth,
  • Be at least 18 years of age,
  • Have a condition that may benefit from the use of cannabis products, and
  • Have a valid government-issued ID.

These are the necessary documents before starting your process:

  • Your certification from the physician in PDF form
  • Proof of residency (and proof of residency for a parent or legal guardian if applicable)
  • ID (and ID for the parent or legal guardian if applicable)
  • A government-issued ID Card
  • Proof of age

Note: A valid Virginia Driver’s License can act as proof of residency and ID combined

Virginia Medical Marijuana Card Registration

To obtain cannabis for medical purposes, a patient must have both
an unexpired written certification issued from a board-registered practitioner a current active patient registration issued by the Board of Pharmacy.
According to HB 933, patient registration will no longer be required beginning July 1, 2022. Once a patient receives their written certification from a registered practitioner they can purchase at Virginia dispensaries. But, patients will still have the option to request a physical card from the Board of Pharmacy.

Let’s begin the registration process now!

  1. Go to the Official Website to begin the registration process.
    If you already have an account, enter your User ID and Password.
    If you are a new user, click the Register a Person in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. You will be required to enter your Last Name and Social Security Number.
  3. If your name is not in the licensing system then, you will be directed to the Initial Registration screen.
  4. Follow the directions for completing the login registration. You will enter a User Id and Password that you will need to complete the patient or parent/guardian registration. Once you have completed this step, you can now log in.
  5. After you have logged in you should see the Welcome screen. Select Initial Application from the left menu.
  6. On the Application for Licensure screen:
    Select Pharmaceutical Processing-Cannabis Oil from the Profession dropdown.
    If you are the patient (individual) applying for registration, select Cannabis Oil – Patient from the License Type dropdown.
    If you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient who is a minor or incapacitated adult, select Cannabis Oil – Parent/Guardian from the License Type dropdown.
    Once you have completed this application you must also complete the Registered Patient For Cannabis Oil application for the patient.
    The primary parent/guardian of the minor or incapacitated adult who resides with the patient must complete this.
  7. Select Initial Application from the Obtained By dropdown
  8. Click the Start Application button.
  9. Complete the registration process and pay the fee: $50 for patients; $25 for parents/legal guardians.
  10. Please submit copies of the documents listed.

Do not send originals.The preferred method for receipt of the documents is by email. If email is not available, you may fax or mail the documentation to the board for the application to be considered complete.

Should any additional information be needed to process the application you will be notified by email. Please ensure that you enter your email address accurately into the application.
Please allow 60 business days for processing the registration application. You will receive an email if additional information is needed to process the application or when your application is approved and your registration is active.

VA Medical Marijuana Laws

Even if you do obtain a doctor’s written permission to use cannabis oil in the state of Virginia, this does not mean you are legally allowed to possess cannabis. It simply means that if arrested on charges of marijuana, you may be offered protection or given an exemption from criminal prosecution.

  • Possession – Patients may receive up to a 90-day supply per visit. Patients must have valid doctor’s certifications. For non-patients,
    more than four ounces but not more than one pound of marijuana – Class 3 misdemeanor
    more than one pound of marijuana – a felony punishable by imprisonment of 1-10 years and a fine of not more than $250,000, or both.
  • Cultivation – Home cultivation became legal on July 1, 2021. Adults 21 and over may now grow up to 4 marijuana plants per household, for personal use. It remains illegal to grow more than four plants, to sell or distribute marijuana grown at home, or to manufacture marijuana concentrate from home-cultivated marijuana.
  • Purchase – It is illegal to sell marijuana seeds, clones, flowers, or any other part of the marijuana plant in Virginia.
  • Sale – On July 1, 2021, adult sharing or transferring one ounce or less of marijuana between persons who are 21 years or older without remuneration, became legal.
  • Public Consumption – It remains illegal to consume marijuana or offer marijuana to another person in any public place.
  • Driving – Use of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle or while being a passenger in a motor vehicle; possessing marijuana on school grounds, while operating a school bus, in a motor vehicle transporting passengers for hire, or in a commercial vehicle remains illegal.

Reciprocity

Virginia doesn’t recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, certificates, or recommendations.

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