Is medical cannabis legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

Yes. On March 9, 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into legislation an expansion of the comprehensive medical cannabis law. This change in law enabled patients suffering from any diagnosed condition or disease to be able to access CBD or THC-A oil. On July 1, 2020, the possession of medical cannabis products by those who are registered with the state’s program were provided statutory legal protection.

What is a written certification?

A written certification is a form that is completed by a practitioner, who is registered with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, to recommend medical cannabis use for the patient listed on the form.

What do I need to do to obtain my written

Schedule an appointment with our provider! Only registered practitioners with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy can issue a written medical certification for medical cannabis. Our provider will review your medical history and answer any question you may have about medical cannabis. We do not require payment until after your visit and you have been determined to be eligible for medical cannabis.

How long is my written certification good for?

Your written certification is good for one year from the date it is written. We will send you a reminder a month before your written certification is about to expire to schedule an appointment to recertify your written certification.

Once I obtain my written certification, do I need to register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy?

Beginning July 1, 2022, patients will no longer need to register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to be able to access Virginia dispensaries. However, you may still wish to obtain a card from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy due to employment requirements.

What medical conditions qualify for medical cannabis?

There are numerous medical conditions and diseases that qualify patients for medical cannabis use. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, any diagnosed condition or disease that is determined by the practitioner to benefit from medical cannabis use will qualify. Our provider stays current on published studies and emerging studies to provide the best education for our patients. Below are some examples of conditions that could benefit from medical cannabis use. This list is not all inclusive and we encourage you to speak with our provider for more information about your specific illness/disease.

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Nausea
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Other illnesses/diseases as a provider deems

Can my employer discipline or fire me for using medical cannabis?

Yes. Starting July 1, 2021, limited employment protections went into effect for those who were registered medical cannabis patients. We strongly encourage our patients to determine their employers’ policies and ensure they follow them.