Medical Marijuana in Virginia

Medical Marijuana in VirginiaMedical Marijuana in Virginia

Are you looking to get your medical marijuana in Virginia? The talented team of doctors here at CalmEffect are here to help guide you through every single step of the process.

Keep reading to learn the calm effect and how to get your card for Medical Marijuana in Virginia.

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Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Virginia - Qualifying Conditions:

Medical Marijuana Conditions for Virginia are as follows (Updated February 6, 2020):

Virginia solely allows for the consumption of low-THC oil (0.5% max) that contains at least 15% CBD, or concentrates with at least 50mg of THCA per ml (maximum 5% THC). Qualifying conditions to become a medical card holder in Virginia include:

  • The original affirmative defense law was passed in 2015 for
    • Intractable Epilepsy
    • and expanded in 2018 for any condition as recommended by a practitioner.

Affirmative defense defeats or mitigates the legal consequences of the defendant’s otherwise unlawful conduct. While it will not be legal, technically, to possess the oils, a patient or their caregiver would be able to present their registration if they were stopped by law enforcement or in a court of law as their defense for possession of the oil.

To assert the affirmative defense, an unexpired valid written certification issued from a board-registered physician and a current active patient and/or caregiver registration issued by the Board of Pharmacy is necessary.

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With a growing roster of Doctors who can prescribe cannabis all over Virginia, CalmEffect is ready to help. Learn how you can get your medical card in Virginia by filling out the form on this page.

Our 3- Step Doctor Process Works.

By following these steps, if your doctor recommends medical marijuana as a solution for your condition and unique symptoms, you'll be eligible for a medical marijuana card with access to our growing roster of dispensaries across the entire state. Mail-order and walk ins are available.

If you are ready to start your journey with Medical Marijuana in Virginia, we are here to help you.

Where to Buy Marijuana in Virginia

Visit our Marijuana Dispensary Locations Page for Virginia to find out where you can access your meds.

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1/8/21 - A Virginia delegate filed a new bill to legalize marijuana. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) recently got on board with legalizing cannabis, making the state one of the most likely to enact reform this year.

1/5/21 - A Virginia delegate who is pushing for marijuana legalization revenues to fund reparations declared a run for governor.

1/4/21 - The National Black Farmers Association endorsed a move to legalize marijuana in Virginia.

12/17/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) sent lawmakers a budget proposal that funds steps to prepare for the legalization of marijuana as well as expungements of past cannabis records.

12/11/20 - The campaign of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said he would consider using marijuana legalization revenue to fund education. Separately, the state's attorney general participated in a NORML event about legalization and tweeted, "Virginia is ready for equitable cannabis legalization - we have all the tools and information we need and I’m excited to do my part. Let’s get to work!"

12/1/20 - A workgroup comprised of four Virginia cabinet secretaries and other top officials released a report with recommendations for how the state can legalize marijuana.

11/24/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said his state will be a “leader” on marijuana legalization in the South. He also spoke about whether cannabis home cultivation should be allowed under the bill he intends to pass in 2021.

11/17/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) endorsed marijuana legalization as a legislative study commission issued recommendations for how the state can regulate a legal cannabis market. The group projected that legalization could generate more than $300 million in annual tax revenue and create 11,000 jobs.

11/16/20 - Virginia’s House majority leader said there’s a "good chance” the state will legalize marijuana in 2021, and the Senate majority leader puts the odds at “slightly better than 50-50.” Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) "door is not closed” on legal cannabis, his chief of staff said.

11/11/20 - Medical Marijuana in Virginia Milestone!  A bill to ban Virginia police from conducting searches or seizing property based on the smell of marijuana became law after the legislature signed off on Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) unrelated changes. The cannabis odor policy formally takes effect on March 1, 2021.

10/23/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill that will require judges to dismiss marijuana charges if prosecutors and defendants want to do so.

10/19/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill that allows people to prepay marijuana decriminalization fines instead of having to go to court. Meanwhile, the state’s first medical cannabis dispensary opened over the weekend. The governor also has more marijuana bills on his desk for action later this month.

10/5/20 - Virginia lawmakers sent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) legislation to make it so that police may not “stop, search, or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana.” They also passed a bill to let people prepay fines under the state's cannabis decriminalization policy instead of having to go to court. Separate legislation to expunge marijuana and drug convictions is advancing as well.

9/23/20 - The Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee approved a Senate-passed bill to prevent police from conducting searches based solely on the smell of marijuana.

9/16/20 - The Washington Post editorial board cheered Virginia lawmakers' passage of legislation preventing police from conducting searches based on the smell of marijuana alone.

9/15/20 - Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) touted federal funding for a project to use hemp for "improving environmental effects of acid mine drainage."

9/14/20 - Virginia's House of Delegates and Senate both approved bills to help people expunge prior marijuana convictions. This comes after both chambers also cleared legislation to stop police from conducting searches or seizing property based on the smell of cannabis alone.

9/1/20 - Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) filed a bill to make hemp farmers eligible for tax benefits if they operate in areas designated as “opportunity zones.” It would also direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study using hemp in public school meals and whether it could replace items used by the federal government and its contractors. 

8/31/20 - The Virginia Senate passed bills to stop police from searching people based on the odor of marijuana and allowing people to pay cannabis decriminalization fines up front instead of having to go to court. Separately, cannabis expungements legislation is advancing, and a gubernatorial candidate filed a bill to completely legalize possession. 

8/12/20 - Virginia's attorney general said that building momentum toward legalizing marijuana is one of his priorities for this month's special legislative session.  Also, Richmond, Virginia's mayor sent a letter calling on the governor and top lawmakers to pass marijuana legalization legislation during this month's special session.  In addition, The Republican Party of Virginia tweeted, "The @vademocrats & @JoeBiden are lying to you when they tell you that they support criminal justice reform. As California AG, Harris worked to keep inmates in overcrowded prisons so they could be used for cheap labor. She also sent almost 2,000 people to jail on marijuana charges, then later joked about smoking weed." 

8/6/20 - A Virginia senator who sponsored a marijuana decriminalization bill that was enacted authored an op-ed on the need to enact full cannabis legalization. 

7/24/20 - Virginia lawmakers spoke about plans to pursue marijuana legalization in the state as a follow up to the new decriminalization law. 

7/13/20 - Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy tweeted, "We should legalize marijuana in Virginia."  Also, Virginia Medical Cannabis Sales Set to Commence Within Two Months 

7/7/20 - Virginia regulators published a FAQ about the state's medical cannabis law. 

7/6/20 - Just one day after a new law decriminalizing marijuana possession took effect, Virginia's House majority leader and other lawmakers announced plans to pursue broader cannabis legalization in the state.  “Decriminalizing marijuana is an important step in mitigating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, but there is still much work to do."

7/2/20 - Virginia's marijuana decriminalization law went into effect.  As of Wednesday, getting caught with up to an ounce of cannabis comes with a $25 fine, no threat of jail time and no criminal record. 

6/29/20 - A Virginia delegate who is running for governor said she will be introducing a marijuana legalization bill in the special session.

6/26/20 - The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus is calling on colleagues to approve a marijuana legalization bill in the upcoming special session this summer.  Also, Virginia regulators criticized the Food and Drug Administration for not moving more quickly to regulate CBD products.

6/22/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced the state's first large-scale industrial hemp processing and CBD oil extraction facility.

6/18/20 - A Virginia senator who sponsored marijuana decriminalization legislation said he supports enacting full legalization next. 

6/15/20 - Virginia Republican congressional candidate Bob Good, who ousted Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) in a primary challenge over the weekend,  said the incumbent is "out of step...on drug legalization." 

6/2/20 - The Virginia State Police reported that marijuana arrests declined more than eight percent from 2018 to 2019.

5/22/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a marijuana decriminalization bill into law, making the state the 27th in the nation to remove the threat of jail time for low-level cannabis possession.   Also, Virginia Republican congressional candidate Heerak Christian Kim tweeted, "Virginia's drug overdose problem is getting out of hand! That is why Heerak opposes legalization of marijuana in Virginia, while incumbent @RepDonBeyer supports legalization of marijuana!" 

4/24/20 - Virginia lawmakers rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) marijuana decriminalization bill amendments that would have delayed a study on broader legalization by a year and removed the right to a jury trial for people cited for possession. Separately, they approved the governor's expanded definition of medical cannabis products that can be legally accessed as part of another bill. 

4/16/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is pushing to expand the definition of medical marijuana products that patients can access through a proposed amendment to a bill that lawmakers sent to his desk. Under the proposal, CBD/THC-A/THC percentage requirements would be replaced by milligram limits. 

4/13/20 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) approved a marijuana decriminalization bill, while recommending a change to push back the due date of a study on broader cannabis legalization by one year. He also signed a bill that legalizes medical CBD or THC-A oil to expand on a prior law that simply offered patients an affirmative defense. 

3/27/20 - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed a bill allowing sales of medical cannabis in “dry leaf or plant form.”

3/12/20 - Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) plans to file a new bill called the Hemp Opportunity Zone Act, which would increase THC limits, expand access to banking and provide tax relief for businesses, among other changes.

3/9/20 - Virginia lawmakers sent a marijuana decriminalization bill to the desk of supportive Gov. Ralph Northam (D). Separate legislation that was approved will require an official state study of the possibility of more broadly legalizing cannabis. 

2/27/20 - The Virginia House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee advanced bills to allow employees at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospices to administer CBD and THC-A oil and to remove criminal liabilities for analytical lab workers who transport those substances for work.

2/24/20 - The Virginia House Appropriations Committee approved a Senate-passed marijuana decriminalizaiton bill.

2/6/20 - The Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee approved a marijuana decriminalization bill. Separate decriminalization legislation is advancing in the Senate. 

1/16/20 - The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee referred a marijuana decriminalization bill to a subcommittee with an expectation it will be amended to address certain issues and return to the full panel for a vote on moving it to the floor. The development comes despite the state ACLU chapter taking the position that the "status quo" would be preferable to simple decriminalization. 

1/13/20 - The Fairfax County, Virginia commonwealth's attorney authored an op-ed on his decision not to prosecute marijuana possession cases.

1/13/20 - Virginia's attorney general spoke at a conference hosted by the state's NORML chapter and tweeted, "We have a historic opportunity this year to pass meaningful cannabis reform in Virginia. Let’s get to work!"

Medical Marijuana in Virginia

Virginia is a southeastern state that stretches from the Chesapeake Bay all the way to the Appalachian Mountains. The state of Virginia started as one of the original 13 colonies and is home to a number of historical landmarks, including Monticello, the Jamestown Settlement, and Colonial Williamsburg.  In addition to historical landmarks, Virginia is also home to some of the best seafood in the country, most famously, their Chesapeake Bay blue crab and Virginia oysters. Virginia is not lacking in the entertainment category either, as it is home to the Blue Ridge Music Center, the critically acclaimed Blackfriars Playhouse, and the Barter Theatre.

How do I get a medical cannabis prescription in Virginia?

Medical marijuana will be available in Virginia as of May 2019. In Virginia, medical cannabis will be prescribed to patients for symptoms from any disease or condition that a licensed physician deems THC/CBD to be a viable treatment option. The current legislation in Virginia leaves it up to the judgment of physicians in order to decide whether or not a patient qualifies for medical marijuana treatment.

How do I get my Virginia medical marijuana card?

Patients in Virginia are required to be issued a written form of certification by a licensed physician, who is registered with Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy, specifically to recommend THC and/or CBD. Patients are required to provide proof of identity, such as a passport, driver’s license, etc., and must be Virginia residents. After a patient receives certification from a licensed physician, he or she must then register with the Department of Health Professions – where the initial registration fee is $50, with an annual renewal fee of $50 as well. This application will be processed by the board within up to 10 business days.

Where can I purchase medical marijuana?

Patients who have seen a certified physician and have been given a recommendation for medical marijuana can visit medical marijuana dispensaries in order to purchase their medicinal cannabis products.

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Virginia Medical Marijuana Doctors: Our Service Areas

Our roster of Medical Cannabis Doctors are ready to serve you in these areas and more. Once connecting with a Doctor through Calm Effect, you will have access to our roster of medical marijuana dispensary locations:

  • Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk
  • Richmond
  • Arlington
  • Alexandria
  • East Hampton
  • Roanoke
  • Hampton
  • Chesapeake
  • Newport News
  • Charleston
  • Richmond
  • Alexandria
  • Hamn
  • Portsmouth
  • Suffolk
  • Lynchburg
  • Leesburg
  • Harrisonburg
  • Charlottesville
  • Ashburn
  • Morgantown & More

Our informed advisors can connect you with a Medical Marijuana in Virginia Doctor and the medical marijuana dispensary closest to you.

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