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Yes, July 1, 2020, possession of authorized medical cannabis products by those registered to participate in the state’s program are provided explicit statutory legal protection.

Are dispensaries open in Virginia?

Yes, there are four dispensaries open. Dharma Pharmaceuticals in Bristol, gLeaf in Richmond, Beyond-Hello in Manassas and Columbia Care in Portsmouth.

How many medical cannabis dispensaries are there in Virginia?

As of February 2021, four dispensaries are open. In 2017, Virginia approved a regulatory program for the in-state production of extraction-based medical cannabis products by five providers, initially, one per Health Service Area (HSA), who will grow, extract, dispense and deliver the products. These licensed providers ​ are called “pharmaceutical processors” in Code, and are simply vertically-integrated cannabis companies, meaning everything from growth through dispensation is done on one site by one company.

Additionally, 2020 legislation allows the licensed processors to open an additional five “cannabis dispensing facilities” (dispensaries) in their Health Service Area.

What should I bring to the dispensary?

Patients must bring a valid, government issued ID, their medical cannabis card issued by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, and a printed copy of their unexpired written certification.

Only patients and registered agents may enter the dispensary. Children, spouses, and aids are not permitted unless they are registered.

How much medical cannabis can I get?

A “90-day supply.” This is ultimately determined by the pharmacist in consultation with the patient.

How do I register for a medical cannabis card in Virginia?

Please visit How to Register for more information.

Is there a list of practitioners who will make recommendations?

Yes, please visit Find a Practitioner for more information on finding a registered practitioner.

Can my doctor make a recommendation for me?

Only registered practitioners may issue the required written certification. Talk to your doctor and ask if they know about the medical cannabis program. Share the with them Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids, A Review of Recent Scientific Literature. Ask them to register with the Board of Pharmacy.

How much does it cost to register?

Fee is $50 for patients; $25 for parent/legal guardian or registered agent.

What documentation is required to register?
  • Completed Certification from a registered practitioner
  • Proof of Patient’s Residency
  • Proof of Patient’s Identity
  • Proof of Patient’s Age
  • Proof of Parent/Guardian Residency
  • Proof of Parent/Guardian Identity
  • Proof of Parent/Guardian Age
How do I contact Board of Pharmacy?

Email [email protected]
Phone: (804) 367-4444
Fax (804) 527-4472
Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463

Where are the pharmaceutical processors be located?

HSA I

A Request for Applications process for HSA I is pending

HSA II Dalitso, LLC

BEYOND / HELLO is the trade name for Dalitso, LLC (“Dalitso”), the Northern Virginia-based medical cannabis pharmaceutical processor awarded conditional approval by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Dalitso is majority-owned by Jushi Holdings, Inc. (“Jushi”), a US-based multi-state cannabis operator founded in 2018 with a mission to create an integrated global community of wellness, mindfulness, and connections through superior quality cannabis and hemp-derived products.

This Northern Virginia-based provider of medical cannabis is located in Manassas.

HSA III DHARMA PHARMACEUTICALS

Dharma Pharmaceuticals is a locally owned company based in Bristol, Virginia and is committed to bringing high quality medical cannabis products to Virginia’s patients. With deep ties to southwest Virginia, we look forward to providing medical cannabis to Virginians seeking these new treatments.

HSA IV GREEN LEAF MEDICAL OF VIRGINIA, LLC

Green Leaf Medical of Virginia, LLC is committed to providing patients with safe and effective pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis products. Green Leaf also operates cannabis businesses in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio. For its Virginia operations, Green Leaf has partnered with local business owners, and is collaborating with physicians and medical researchers to offer residents the highest level of patient centered care. Green Leaf Medical of Virginia is located in the capital city of Richmond.

HSA V COLUMBIA CARE

Columbia Care is a patient-centered healthcare company setting the standard-of-care for medical cannabis. Its leadership draws seasoned professionals from medicine, law, finance, healthcare and operations who believe in this new frontier in medicine.

Is this only for oils?

No, SB1557 clarifies that “any formulation” may be dispensed. Patients can expect to see preparations like capsules, sprays, tinctures, oils, creams, gels, lozenges, patches, troches, suppositories, lollipops, and inhalation products.

Legislation is pending to allow the dispensing of botanical medical cannabis. Should Governonr Northam approve the measures, sales are expected to begin as early as September 2021.

Is it only CBD or low-THC preparations?

No, the products may contain up to 10 mg THC per dose. “Dose” means a single unit, like one capsule or one dropperful. “Dosage” is the total amount taken each time, for example 2 sprays 4 time per day. There are no limits on dosage.

Is flower allowed?

As of February 2021, products allowed under the program are limited to extraction-based preparations.

Legislation passed to allow the dispensing of botanical medical cannabis. Governor Northam approved the measures, sales are expected to begin as early as September 2021.

Are edibles allowed?

Yes, edible products are available.

Will doctors write prescriptions for medical cannabis?

No, doctors in the US cannot “prescribe” medical cannabis, but they can recommend it. Virginia practitioners ​ issue written certifications ​ , not prescriptions.

Are the products psychoactive?

Yes, psychoactive means to affect the brain. Psychoactive ​ does not ​ explicitly mean intoxicating, psychotropic or hallucinogenic.

Cannabidiol is psychoactive. If CBD were not psychoactive, it would not be an anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, or antidepressant. It is accurate to instead say CBD products are ​non-intoxicating​.

Preparations that contain higher amounts of THC may be intoxicating to some users.

Isn’t CBD already legal in all 50 states?

No, cannabidiol (CBD), like all organic cannabinoids, is considered by DEA, Congress, FDA, and NIDA to be a schedule I controlled substance under federal law. The DEA recently reaffirmed its position here.

But you can already buy CBD oil online!

These products are not required to meet any safety, quality, consistency, or labeling standards. Buyer beware!

Can I get medical cannabis at a medical dispensary in another state?

Maybe. States that offer reciprocity might allow you to purchase medicine for use while in that state. Calling the dispensary you plan to visit is the best way to answer that question. However, it remains illegal under federal law to transport any cannabis product across any state/territory line.

As of February 2021, DC currently extends reciprocity to Virginia registered patients.

Do I have to give up my legally obtained firearms?

The consensus at NORML is that the conclusion reached by the ATF and Justices of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is based on a broad interpretation of a 1968 federal law forbidding the sale of firearms to those considered an “unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.” At this point in time, no state is engaged in the sharin g of data related to state-sanctioned activities of medical cannabis patients. So, unless a person responds “yes” to the question regarding their marijuana use on the NICS background check, the federal government has no real way to enforce this outdated law. Furthermore, since the passage of Rohrabacher-Farr, the DOJ cannot use federal funds to prosecute medical cannabis patients who are engaged in state-sanctioned activity.

Remember, make good choices.
  1. Don’t consume your cannabis medicine in public.
  2. Don’t take it out of your home unless absolutely necessary.
  3. Keep your patient registration card with your cannabis medicine at all times.
  4. If you must travel with your cannabis medicine, place it in a locked container in your trunk.
  5. Don’t drive impaired. Ever.
  6. Don’t post on social media about your cannabis medicine.
I have more questions!

Great! We’re here to help. Feel free to contact Virginia NORML at 804-464-7050 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM.

Cbd oil in va Yes, July 1, 2020, possession of authorized medical cannabis products by those registered to participate in the state’s program are provided explicit statutory legal protection.

Is CBD oil legal in Virginia?

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  1. What is CBD?
  2. Why is CBD sometimes illegal?
  3. Virginia CBD laws
  4. Where can I buy CBD in Virginia?
  5. How to read CBD labels and packaging

Yes, to a certain extent. However, it’s a little more complicated than a simple yes or no.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 legalized all industrial hemp and products made from industrial hemp containing no more than .3% THC. These products include oils, tinctures, topicals, and even certain infused edible products, as well. The US Department of Agriculture are in charge of maintaining rules and regulations regarding safety and quality standards. The US Food and Drug Administration will still maintain authority over the addition of hemp-derived CBD to food products, as well as the marketing and regulation of CBD labeling and therapeutic claims.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in both cannabis and hemp plants. After tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is the most abundant compound found in cannabis plants, although CBD derived from hemp usually only contains trace amounts of THC, less than .3% by legal definition. CBD is known to have many potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and seizure-suppressing properties.

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CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating substance found in cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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CBD is the yang to THC’s yin; it halts anxiety and elevates your level of chill without intoxication.

Combine THC and CBD to fully employ the entourage effect; THC and CBD work hand-in-hand to amplify each others’ effects.

What does CBD stand for? Cannabidiol.

Why is CBD sometimes illegal?

The 1970 Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) created a schedule of various drugs that are considered illegal, and their respective potential for abuse and addiction, as well as any medicinal benefits. Under the CSA, all forms of the plant cannabis sativa, including hemp, were classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, which defined cannabis as a substance with a high potential for abuse, no medicinal benefits, and a likelihood for addiction.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 legalized the cultivation and production of hemp, altering the definition of hemp to create a separate, legal pathway for hemp to be removed from the Schedule I category. Hemp is now defined as cannabis containing no more than .3%THC by weight, while marijuana is defined as cannabis containing more than .3% THC. Hemp-derived CBD was declassified from the Controlled Substances Act through the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, but CBD derived from the marijuana plant is still considered a Schedule I controlled substance and is still illegal at a federal level.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 also preserved the rights of the US Food and Drug Administration to maintain authority over the CBD labeling, therapeutic claims, and the use of CBD as a food additive. The FDA has taken a firm stance against allowing hemp CBD to be added to food or beverage products, while also maintaining that CBD should not be advertised as a dietary supplement. They are in the process of re-evaluating the regulations on hemp-derived CBD products. However, they have yet to lay out specific regulations prohibiting such measures, leading to a great deal of confusion in the market. In July of 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to hemp CBD company, Curaleaf, outlining the various ways the company was violating regulations.

Thus, even hemp-derived CBD remains heavily regulated by the federal government. Another stipulation of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is that each state is allowed to make their own specific rules and regulations regarding the sales and distribution of hemp-derived CBD products, and state jurisdictions retain the right to restrict or prohibit the cultivation and commerce of hemp products. In addition, states may attempt to regulate food, beverages, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products containing hemp CBD, regardless of the final rules laid out by the FDA.

Virginia CBD laws

Although Virginia has always had very strict laws regarding marijuana, there has long been interest in hemp in Virginia. In 1997, Virginia passed House Joint Resolution 565, which allowed for a six member joint subcommittee to study the economic benefits of, and barriers to, the production of industrial hemp in Virginia.

After the success of HJ 656, in 1999, HJ 94 was passed to memorialize the Secretary of Agriculture, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to permit the controlled experimental cultivation of industrial hemp in Virginia. This was effectively a legal loophole, as federal law restricted the cultivation of hemp at the time, but by placing federal agencies in control of the program, cultivation was permitted with restrictions.

As it slowly became clear that hemp could be an economic boon for the rural communities in Virginia, the state made more moves to further the cultivation and production of hemp. In 2001, HJ 605 requested that the Commission on Rural Prosperity consider the cultivation of hemp as a means to promote rural prosperity.

As it slowly became clear that hemp could be an economic boon for the rural communities in Virginia, the state made more moves to further the cultivation and production of hemp. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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In 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 955 into law. SB 955 created a university-run research program and sought to redefine hemp as the plant cannabis sativa with a concentration of THC no more than .3% as allowed under federal law. The bill also directed the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to draft the relevant rules and regulations for the program and to give higher institutions the authority to establish industrial hemp cultivation programs.

Over the next few years, more legislation was introduced to further define the newly established industrial hemp cultivation program. In 2016, House Bill 699 clarified several aspects of the program: that no person with a license may be prosecuted for the cultivation, manufacturing, processing, sales, or distribution of industrial hemp products, and authorized the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations for a licensing program.

In 2018, House Bill 532 was passed to further lift restrictions on the industrial hemp cultivation program, but lacked the necessary compliance with the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, so it was swiftly followed up by Senate Bill 247, which replaced the current licensing system, ensuring that Virginia was in compliance with the Hemp Farming Act.

Virginia’s Plan to Regulate Hemp Production was submitted on January 15, 2020, and is currently under review by the USDA,

Virginia Licensing Requirements

To legally possess hemp plants, hemp seeds, hemp microgreens, hemp leaves or hemp flowers in the state of Virginia, you must be a registered Industrial Hemp Grower, Dealer, or Processor, or an agent affiliated with the registrant for the purposes of growing, dealing, or processing hemp.

The registrations expire within one year of being issued, and must be renewed annually.

The Industrial Hemp Grower Application both to start and for each renewal costs $50. A registered Industrial Hemp Grower is required to submit a planting report within 14 days of planting seeds, clones, or cuttings. If you plant multiple times throughout the growing season, you will need to submit multiple planting reports.

If you are planning to add or change field locations, you will also need to submit an Industrial Hemp Registration Change Form.

To become an Industrial Hemp Dealer, you must submit an Industrial Hemp Dealer Registration Application. This is necessary for anyone who plans to buy and sell industrial hemp to a person who processes industrial hemp.

To become an Industrial Hemp Processor, you must submit an Industrial Hemp Processor Application. With this license, you may purchase industrial hemp from a licensed Hemp Dealer, and process it into hemp products.

Registered Growers, Dealers, and Processors may submit an “Agent Documentation” form for each agent working closely with industrial hemp, but this is not a requirement for the program. This is for documentation purposes and to avoid any legal difficulty.

For any other questions related to registration, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers an Industrial Hemp Registration Guide.

Virginia CBD possession limits

Virginia has a limited CBD and THCA law that allows for qualified patients to possess CBD or THCA oil that contains at least 15% CBD and THCA and no more than 5% THC in total. Any processed form of cannabis, aside from whole flower is permitted, and there is no limit on the amount allowed for possession. Although this law was initially written only for patients with epilepsy, the law was expanded in 2019 to permit any medical conditions with a written certification from their doctor. Applications to become a certified patient are available on the Virginia Department of Health Professionals website.

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Any processed form of cannabis, aside from whole flower is permitted in Virginia. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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There is no limit on the amount of hemp-derived CBD that may be possessed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Where can I buy CBD in Virginia?

CBD and THCA oil is available from five certified Pharmaceutical Processors.

Before the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, you needed an Industrial Hemp Grower, Dealer, or Processor License, to possess any hemp-derived CBD products.

However, since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Virginia Division of Legislative Services issued a brief explaining that hemp-derived CBD products are now legal in all fifty states and may be purchased at any standard brick-and-mortar store, or online without restriction.

How to read CBD labels and packaging

When purchasing hemp CBD products, one of the most important first steps to determine if this is a reputable source for high quality CBD is to examine the lab report and certificate of analysis, which is usually available on the label and packaging of the product. Most reputable hemp CBD companies will include the following information on the label:

  • Amount of active CBD per serving
  • Supplement Fact panel, including other ingredients
  • Net weight
  • Manufacturer or distributor name
  • Suggested use
  • Whether the product is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate
  • Batch number or date code

One of the most important things to pay attention to is whether a CBD product is full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate.

Full spectrum means that the CBD has been extracted from a hemp plant along with all other cannabinoids and terpenes, including whatever trace amounts of THC the plant may have produced. Consuming full-spectrum CBD may yield better results thanks to the entourage effect, a phenomenon in which the mixture of cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce a more pleasant experience.

Broad spectrum means that the product contains CBD and terpenes, but has undergone additional processes to strip out any THC.

CBD isolate is a product that has gone through more intensive processing to remove everything except for CBD. Consuming isolate may produce different effects than full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD, as these products do not produce the entourage effect.

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