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You must be a legal resident of Virginia who is able to prove residency in order to apply for a Virginia medical cannabis card. Patients under the age of 18 must also have a parent or guardian registered as a caregiver on their behalf.
Patients may purchase a 90 day supply of their medication. Patients may purchase medical cannabis in oil-based preparations such as lozenges, capsules, and vape pens. Cannabis flower is not able to be purchased at this time.
The first step in the process of obtaining your medical marijuana card in Virginia is to make an appointment with Canna Care Docs. You may schedule online at cannacaredocs.com/virginia/
To prepare for your appointment you will want to collect your medical records about the condition you wish to treat with medical cannabis. This can be as simple as taking a picture of a prescription bottle you have been given to treat your condition.
During your appointment, you will meet with our knowledgeable provider who will decide if medical cannabis may benefit your condition.
Upon deciding to recommend medical cannabis your provider will issue a written certification.
Our helpful team will provide step by step instructions for registering as a patient with the VA Department of Health Professionals. This process involves entering brief demographic information to register your account. You will then be asked to submit a $50 payment for your registration.
The final step is submitting your written certification and state-issued ID to the VA Board of Pharmacy. You will receive a registration card mailed to you in approximately 7-10 days.
Canna Care Docs team of professionals will walk you the whole way through the process from start to finish. The team will guide you through obtaining your medical records and getting ready to meet with our medical provider. You will have the opportunity to have an online telemedicine visit with one of our compassionate, knowledgeable medical providers who will determine if medical cannabis may be helpful to you. Once your medical provider issues a written certification for you our team will guide you through registering with the state to receive your medical cannabis card. Our caring team will also take the time to educate you about medical cannabis and how to maximize its benefits. We remain committed to your health throughout the year as we provide follow up care.
The visit with Canna Care Docs is $150. There is also a $50 registration fee that needs to be paid to the state. We offer a $10 Veteran’s discount in appreciation of the service to our country.
A medical provider may recommend medical cannabis to treat any condition that they feel may benefit from medical cannabis and cannabinoid-based therapies.
You will need a state-issued driver’s license or other documents that prove your Virginia residency, identity, and age.
You will also need a brief medical record pertaining to the condition you would like to treat with medical cannabis.
Yes, you will be able to upload your records directly to your patient portal which you will receive access to. You may also request that your Primary Care Physician or other medical provider fax your records to us at 443-917-2279.
A minor patient under 18 can receive a medical cannabis card so long as a parent or guardian is registered as their caregiver.
When a caregiver is to be used in Virginia, the doctor will include the caregiver’s information on the written certification that they complete. The caregiver would then complete the state registration.
Patients are not permitted to grow medical cannabis in Virginia.
No, Virginia does not have reciprocity. The District of Columbia may at some point extend their reciprocity law to allow for Virginia patients to utilize DC dispensaries in the future. You may check to see if Virginia has been added to the states DC includes at their website: https://dchealth.dc.gov/page/frequently-asked-questions1-faqs-0
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed House Bill 1445 and Senate Bill 1235 in March 2015. These bills created the affirmative defense for possession of THC-A oil for the treatment of epilepsy.
In 2017 Virginia began implementation of in-state production of THC-A and CBD oils. These oils are extracted by the licensed Pharmaceutical Processors that have been selected to grow, process, and dispense medical cannabis in Virginia. There can be a total of 5 Pharmaceutical Processors in the state, one for each Health Service area HSA. As of September 2020, there are 4 companies selected.
July 2020 brought substantial changes to the medical cannabis program. Medical cannabis possession was finally made fully legal. Previously written certification merely provided an affirmative defense if one was found in possession of medical cannabis. Additionally, each Pharmaceutical Processor now has the ability to open 5 additional dispensaries in their HSA.
Medical cannabis is expected to be available for purchase in the fall of 2020.