Medical cannabis is proof that there are alternative options for relief than pharmaceutical-based treatments. Virginia is changing the game for medical patients by making it easier for them to gain access to the marijuana they need to manage their symptoms and medical conditions. Although applicants no longer need to register with the state, there are other criteria in place that must be met before residents can safely medicate with cannabis.
Virginia residents must be 18 years old or older to qualify for medical marijuana. Applicants must submit proof of their age and residency (state ID, drivers license, or government issued ID). Patients younger than 18 may also qualify for medical cannabis treatments, but they must have an approved parent or legal guardian serve as their caregiver.
Approved parental caregivers are required to have written authorization from an approved medical provider listing themselves as the child’s caregiver. And may at their discretion, also register with the state to receive a physical medical marijuana registry card.
Virginia no longer mandates a qualifying list of medical disorders or diseases for medical cannabis patients. Instead, residents may be eligible for medicinal marijuana as long as they have written certification from an approved medical provider stating their health concerns or symptoms could benefit from medical marijuana.
Patients are no longer required to register with the Board of Pharmacy. Medical cannabis registration cards are optional and available for $50. Patients must submit an application, pay the $50 fee and provide proof of age, identity, and residency along with their certification to receive a physical card. The renewal fee is also $50.
Parents and legal guardians applying to become caregivers must pay the $25 registration fee. The renewal fee for caregivers is also $25.
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Virginia no longer requires those interested in becoming medical marijuana patients to register with the state to become patients. However, potential patients must still undergo a health evaluation for medical cannabis certification from a qualified medical provider or practitioner.
Once certified, patients must present their current state-issued identification, driver’s license or government issued identification along with their written certification for medical cannabis to enter and purchase products from any of the state’s licensed dispensaries and retail cannabis facilities.
Recent changes to the Virginia medical marijuana patient program no longer requires residents to register to become patients. Despite having fewer criteria in place for residents to become patients, many remain unaware of how to do so. Take a look at our FAQs to learn more about medical marijuana in Virginia.
Although registration with the Board of Pharmacy is no longer necessary, health evaluations and written certification from an approved medical provider are. Patients can receive certification from any qualified medical provider, i.e., doctor or physician documenting their recommendation for medical cannabis. Click here to Find a trusted Medical Marijuana doctor nearest you!
In Virginia, both physical medical marijuana registry cards and certifications are valid for one year. Annual renewal is necessary.
Adult patients may designate someone to serve as their registered agent or caregiver. To qualify as a caregiver or registered agent, individuals must register with the Board of Pharmacy. Qualified parents or guardians of minor patients must register for caregiver or registered agent status in order for their patient to possess and use medical cannabis.
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Medical cannabis patients are allowed to purchase 4 ounces per 30-day period from any state licensed cannabis dispensary. Patients may purchase and use the following types of marijuana products.
*Patients are not authorized to possess more than a 90-day supply at any time. Also, minor patients are restricted from botanical cannabis products without documented authorization from the certifying medical provider.
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