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VA Marijuana Qualifications

Updated on April 11, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Qualifications for Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Program

Currently, any condition a clinician deems to qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Virginia can be treated with CBD or THC-A Oil. Thanks to the provisions outlined in §18.2-250.1  and in §54.1-3408.3, patients with a debilitating medical condition can now pursue medical marijuana treatment after receiving a recommendation from their doctor.

The legislation leaves it in the hands of the healthcare practitioner to decide whether the patient should receive medical marijuana treatments. The only preface is that the marijuana oil must only be used to alleviate the symptoms of a diagnosed disease or condition. As a result, the new Virginia medical marijuana laws offer a broad acceptance policy.

Virginia Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  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 statue-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. Please click here for more information.
    • 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.

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.