Virginia Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Medical marijuana legislation in Virginia may allow certified patients to obtain CBD and low-THC cannabis oils, but it does not yet allow for in-state production or dispensing of either. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation into law that would permit pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide Virginians with these oils, but these processors will not be selected until spring or summer 2018.
Virginia Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Processors and Cultivators Info:
In 2017, Virginia approved a regulatory program for in-state production of medical cannabis oil by five providers, one per Health Service Area, which will grow, extract, dispense and deliver medical cannabis oils in a vertically integrated structure. Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy will select “pharmaceutical processors” from a pool of applicants in spring or summer 2018. Current Virginia law provides an affirmative defense for agents and employees of pharmaceutical processors as well. Finally, pharmaceutical processors are only allowed to dispense up to a 90-day supply of oil per patient.
What Virginia Medical Marijuana Dispensary Patients Need to Know Regarding Their Rights:
Virginia law only allows patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy the legal right to use CBD and low-concentration THC-A oils, but they must travel to another state to acquire them. Patients and caregivers with written certifications are protected from prosecution by an affirmative defense.