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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find Medical Cannabis in Virginia?
Currently there are NO operational dispensaries in Virginia. However, several have been approved and it is anticipated they may be operational by Summer/Fall 2020.
It has been said that DC may offer reciprocity to VA medical cannabis cardholders. We are waiting to see if or when this will occur.
As of now, you cannot use your Virginia card in Virginia or DC but may be able to do in other states.
Is Medical Cannabis Legal in Virginia Now?
Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on March 9, 2018 to expand Virginia's medical cannabis oil program from the single qualifying condition of intractable epilepsy to any diagnosed condition. The new law took effect that same day. For more information, please visit: Virginia NORML.
Virginia Possession Limits
Codified as "CBD or THC-A oil," each dispensed dose (single unit) must contain a minimum of 5 milligrams of cannabidiol or THC-A and may contain up to 10 milligrams of THC.
There is no limit on the number of doses comprising a patient's dosage.
The allowed products may be in any formulation typically dispensed by pharmacies, i.e. oils, tinctures, creams, gels, capsules, tablets, sprays, lozenges, troches, patches, suppositories, lozenges, and lollipops.
Patients may receive up to a 90-day supply per visit.
Your Next Steps in VA
After we issue a written certification to possess CBD or THC-A oil pursuant to §18.2-250.1, submit the online application for obtaining board registration.
To assert the affirmative defense, an unexpired valid written certification issued from a board-registered practitioner and a current active patient registration issued by the Board of Pharmacy is necessary.
The online registration application is accessible on VADPH Initial Applications site & may be renewed annually.
At CannabisRxHealth we can assist you with registration during your visit.
What is a written certification or a recommendation?
This is a piece of paper showing that a doctor recommends the use of medical cannabis to help relieve your symptoms.
A patient must have a written certification issued to them by a registered practitioner prior to applying for registration with the Board of Pharmacy and purchasing medical cannabis products.
Does Insurance cover the cost of the doctor visit?
Because cannabis is classified by the federal government as a schedule I controlled substance as defined by the Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to use marijuana under federal law. This is one of the reasons insurance companies will not cover the cost of the visit.
Schedule I drugs or substances have a high potential for abuse. They currently have no federally accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Examples of Schedule I substances include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and methaqualone.
What happens during my visit?
You are treated with respect.
The doctor listens to you and reviews your records.
Upon approval you are given a written certification.
If you need assistance, we will help with your registration with the state at no extra cost.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Yourself of course!
In addition, please bring:
1. Proof of State Residency: State ID, Drivers License
2. Proof of a Medical Condition: Medical Records, Prescription Bottles, Disability Papers or other evidence of a diagnosed medical condition. These can also be in the form of electronic medical records.