Contrary to many other medical marijuana state laws, the state of Virginia does not follow a list of qualifying conditions. Instead, it is up to a certified medical marijuana doctor to evaluate if the use of medical marijuana would benefit your health. You could be eligible for the use of medical cannabis if your doctor finds that you are suffering from a chronic illness or a debilitating medical condition and that you are not responding to traditional treatments. The doctor will make their judgement on the same basis as they would with regular prescriptions, and write their recommendation accordingly.
You can find more information at Virginia Medical Marijuana Law.
Information about the Virginia Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have designated and registered an Approved Caregiver on behalf of the patient.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of Virginia and provide proof of residency either in the form of a state issued ID card or a State Driver’s License.
* If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.
- The patient will need to obtain a written certification from a certified practitioner who is a licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Virginia.
* A patient can be evaluated either by a licensed Medical Doctor, a licensed Physician’s Assistant or a licensed Nurse Practitioner.
- A medical professional will issue a certification to the patient if they decide that the patient might benefit from the Medical Marijuana Treatment Plan.
- After the patient has received the recommendation from their physician, they must register as a patient at the Virginia Department of Health. All applications must be submitted online.
* You must pay the application fee of $50
* Minor patients and approved caregivers please go to Virginia DHP for more information about the application process.
- If the application is approved, the patient will receive an email from the Virginia Department of Health Services informing them of the approval. Once you have been approved, you will receive your Medical Marijuana ID Card (Patient License) within thirty (30) days. The Medical Marijuana ID Card will be mailed to your address as listed in your application.
- In order for the patient to be able to purchase Medical Marijuana products from licensed dispensaries, the patient must first submit their application for a Registry ID Card.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Virginia
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
* You must bring your Medical Marijuana ID Card and one more form of photo ID when purchasing medicine from a dispensary.
* Minor Patients must be supervised by their designated caregiver or guardian when purchasing their medicine at a dispensary. Caregivers and Guardians must provide proof of ID when accompanying the Minor Patient.
Please see the Virginia Department of Health for more information.