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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in VA

Step1: Book an appointment

When we're booking appointments in Virginia, you will schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in VA through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.

Step 2: Consult with an mmj Doctor

Consult with a doctor for 15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

Step 3: Get approved

Once you are approved, you'll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In Virginia, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

Until the program is live, you can join the Veriheal tribe above to gain access to our large network of offerings that are presently available to you.

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The Status of Cannabis Legalization in VA

Becoming a Medical Marijuana Patient in Virginia

If you have been issued a written certification within the last 12 months, submit the online application for obtaining board registration. To assert the affirmative defense, an unexpired valid written certification issued from a board-registered physician and a current active patient registration issued by the Board of Pharmacy is necessary. The online registration application is accessible on the DHP Initial Applications site and may be renewed annually.

  1. Patients must be issued a written certification by a Physician who is registered with and certified by Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy to recommend CBD or THC-A Oil.
    • The physician must maintain a current registration with the Board of Pharmacy.
  2. Patients must provide proof of identity using either a state-issued identification card, an unexpired Driver’s License, or a valid Passport issued by the U.S. Government.
  3. Patients must be a resident of Virginia and will need to provide proof of residency.
  4. After receiving a recommendation from a Certified Physician, patients must then register with the Department of Health Professions.
    • The initial registration fee is $50 and the annual renewal fee is $50.
    • When registering as a minor patient, the legal parent or guardian of said minor must also be registered.
    • Detailed, step-by-step instructions on the registration process can be found
  5. Applications will be processed by the Board of Pharmacy within 7-10 business days. Once processed and issued, registration cards will be mailed to the address provided on the application.

Virginia recently passed a law that narrowly approves medical marijuana use for some people, but the substance largely remains illegal. As more and more states as making marijuana legal in some form, it is important for people in Virginia to understand the laws and consequences of activity surrounding it. Currently, the state does not permit the use of marijuana in any form for nearly all people. Under Virginia law, possession of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor charge. People who are caught with the drug may face jail time. Further, an individual may suffer license suspension.

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, Virginia did pass a law earlier this year that gives some protection to people who use marijuana medicinally. HB 1445 provides a defense for people who fit the following requirements:

  • They must have intractable epilepsy.
  • The marijuana extract must have no more than 5 percent THC.
  • The marijuana extract must have at least 15 percent of cannabidiol or THC-A.

It is important to point out that even when someone fits this description, he or she may still be arrested. Anyone who has questions about this matter should consult with an attorney.

Virginia Board of Pharmacy chose the five companies to be the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries. In a release issued by Virginia NORML, the five companies granted conditional licenses are:

  1. PharmaCann Virginia (HSA I) – the largest vertically-integrated and unified medical cannabis company operating in highly regulated states, with six licenses in Illinois and five in New York.
  2. Dalitso (HSA II) – a Virginia-based company with strong ties to the community.
  3. Dharma Pharmaceuticals (HSA III) –  a Virginia-based company that plans to locate in the old Bristol Mall, currently owned by Par Ventures, a stakeholder in the company.
  4. Green Leaf Medical of Virginia (HSA IV) – has been awarded a stage 2 license to cultivate medical cannabis in Maryland.
  5. Columbia Care (HSA V) – operates dispensaries in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Washington, D.C., California, Delaware, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida.

Registering as a Caregiver in VA

If parents and legal guardians of patients who are minors or incapacitated adults have been recently issued a written certification to possess CBD or THC-A oil pursuant to §18.2-250.1 for a minor or incapacitated adult or within the last 12 months, they will submit the online applications for both a patient and the parent/guardian in the following order:

1. The parent/guardian residing at the same address as the patient should first submit the patient registration application.

2. The parent/guardian residing at the same address as the patient should submit the parent/guardian application.

3. Any other parent/guardian who has also been issued a written certification and in need of obtaining board registration should submit the parent/guardian application to the board.

Each parent/guardian must obtain his or her own board registration.  The online registration application is accessible on the DHP Initial Applications site and may be renewed annually.

Accessing Medical Marijuana

Like many states, Virginia now has a formal medical marijuana card program. The Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Board of Pharmacy oversee the certification process.

Currently, a patient may only access a 90-day supply of THC-A or CBD oil for the treatment of epilepsy. Once they’ve been certified, patients will be able to access their recommended dosage from a pharmaceutical processor.

Places to Visit in VA After Enjoying Your Medicine

Virginia is a beautiful vacation destination, filled with historical attractions, sandy beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains where visitors can spot an array of species of birds and land animals. History is everywhere in Virginia. Four of the first five presidents were born in the state, giving it a head start on the record of eight, the most of any state. Two of its top tourist attractions — Mount Vernon and Monticello — are homes of presidents. Virginia also claims the most Civil War battlefields of any state and the places where both the Revolution and the Civil War ended.

Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia is the place that George Washington called home. The Old Town Historic District, with its traditional cobblestone streets, is a hive of activity. There are historic buildings, including General Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants, all set against the backdrop of the Potomac River.

The center of the district is Market Square, which has been operating since 1753 and was once the site of the second largest slave market in the United States. You can follow George Washington by visiting his favorite pub, Gadsby’s Tavern, checking out the pharmacy where he and Martha shopped, or viewing his pew at Christ Church. The Torpedo Factory Art Center, which was an actual torpedo factory in World War II, is now a creative space for over eighty artists, and visitors can watch them as they create modern masterpieces.

Virginia Beach

There is a wealth of things to do in Virginia Beach, and first and foremost is the beach itself. Three different beaches and fourteen miles of sandy shores give every visitor the beach vacation they desire, whether it’s in the heart of the action or in a secluded cove. The three-mile Virginia Beach boardwalk is the place to be for walking, inline skating, and cycling; along the way, there are excellent outdoor restaurants, nautical statues, shopping, and four oceanfront stages featuring live entertainment.

Virginia Beach offers amusement rides, golfing, sea kayaking, boat tours, and nightlife, and it’s perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers. First Landing State Park commemorates the first English settlers, who came ashore in 1609. Back Bay National Wildlife Preserve connects visitors with nature and offers the chance to see wild horses, feral pigs, loggerhead turtles, and bald eagles in their natural habitat.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park was created in the 1920s and encompasses much of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as the rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont. The winding Shenandoah River and its valleys run through the park, as does the Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that runs the length of the entire park. Skyline Drive is meant to be driven slowly, and drivers stop regularly at one of the seventy-five lookout posts along the route that have stunning views of the park’s scenery.

Shenandoah National Park has 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and camping, lodges, and restaurants can be found throughout the park. Cascading waterfalls and beauty spots are everywhere. The park has a multitude of wild creatures, including black bears, coyote, beavers, foxes, deer, and cougars, and over 200 species of birds, including wild turkeys, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, and barred owls.

Data last updated 05/16/2019