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Pharmaceutical Processors-Cannabis Oil

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Listing of Current Registered Practitioner for Cannabis Oil. View the listing.

Request for Application

The Board of Pharmacy has issued the following Request for Application (RFA) to solicit applications for a permit to operate a pharmaceutical processor in Health Service Area (HSA) I. As authorized in law, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy (Board) may award conditional approval for only one pharmaceutical processor in this health service area. In order to be considered for selection, an Applicant must submit a complete Application for a Pharmaceutical Processor Permit for HSA I with required documentation and application fee in accordance with this RFA no later than December 4, 2020 at 2:00p.m. EST. Please review the RFA for specific application requirements.

Updates and General Overview regarding Allowances for Cannabis Oil. Read more.

Cannabis Oil Registration Applications for Patients, Parents/Legal Guardians, Registered Agents and Practitioners Now Available

A patient, parent, legal guardian or registered agent may possess cannabis oil, as defined in §54.1-3408.3 of the Code of Virginia who has been issued a valid written certification from a Board of Pharmacy-registered practitioner and who maintains a current registration with the Board of Pharmacy.

Before a practitioner can issue or continue issuing written certifications, he or she must register with the Board of Pharmacy. Learn More about Practitioner Registration.

A patient, parent or legal guardian must have a written certification issued to them by a registered practitioner prior to applying for registration with the Board of Pharmacy and possessing the oils. Learn More about Patient/Parent/Guardian Registration.

A patient, or the patient’s parent or legal guardian, may chose a registered agent to receive cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil on behalf of the patient. . Learn More about Registered Agent Registration.

SB1557 authorizes physician assistants and nurse practitioners to issue written certifications to patients beginning July 1, 2019.

A pharmaceutical processor is a facility that has obtained a permit from the Board of Pharmacy pursuant to §54.1-3408.3 to cultivate Cannabis plants for the production of cannabis oil, and dispense the oil to patients registered by the Board of Pharmacy for treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the physician to benefit from such use. As set forth in §54.1-3442.6 of the Code of Virginia, the Board may issue or renew a maximum of 5 permits, one for each health service area established by the Board of Health. The Board issued conditional approval to five applicants in 2018. It is anticipated that cannabis oil products will be available from the pharmaceutical processors in Summer 2020.

Additionally, the Board may issue or renew a maximum of 5 permits for cannabis dispensing facilities in each health service area. The cannabis dispensing facility must be owned in part by the pharmaceutical processor permitted in that area. Emergency regulations related to these facilities will tentatively become effective in January 2021. Applications for permitting cannabis dispensing facilities may be accepted in 2021 after the emergency regulations become effective.

Caroline D. Juran, Executive Director
Kristopher S. Ratliff, Chairman

Virginia Pharmaceutical Processors Program – Cannabis Oil

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the current law in Virginia regarding cannabis containing products?

In Virginia, state law allows cannabinoid oils for medical use with certification from a doctor and with guidance from a pharmacist. These oils are only available from specially licensed Pharmaceutical Processors. Flowers & leaves of plants are not allowed by this legislation. CBD oil available online or in drugstores is also not permitted..

How does a patient purchase cannabinoid oils in Virginia?

  • First, the patient or patient’s guardian must obtain a written certification from a registered physician
  • Next, the patient or guardian may register with the Board of Pharmacy (only after getting a certification).
  • Finally, patients may visit a Pharmaceutical Processor to meet with a pharmacist and purchase products

Where can I find a doctor who can write a certification?

Patients can find a list of doctors who are registered to write certifications on Virginia’s Department of Health Professions License Lookup page: Under “Occupation” select “Registered Physician For CBD/THC-A Oil.” Currently 209 providers are registered.

What conditions may be treated with CBD/THC-A oil?

Virginia doesn’t have a list of qualifying conditions. This means that physicians may write a certification for any indication where they feel the patient will benefit.

How do I register with the Board of Pharmacy?

Information about patient registration can be found on the VA Board of Pharmacy website:

Patients may only register after getting a written certification from a physician.

Can I buy cannabinoid-containing products at the drugstore, online, or in a different state?

No. Only these five processors are licensed to sell cannabinoid oils:

  • Health Service Area 1: PharmaCann Virginia
  • Health Service Area 2: Dalitso
  • Health Service Area 3: Dharma Pharmaceuticals
  • Health Service Area 4: Green Leaf Medical of Virginia
  • Health Service Area 5: Columbia Care

Why do I need to purchase oils from a licensed processor?

Virginia’s pharmaceutical processors are run by pharmacists. The pharmacist provides education, guidance, and will meet individually with each patient on their first visit to the facility. Also, processors are required to meet rigorous quality and safety standards. Unregulated products contain varying amounts of CBD and THC, and sometimes contain more or less active ingredient than it says on the label. Virginia only allows licensed processors to produce the oils so that you and your doctor can be confident that you are getting a safe and consistent dose under the guidance of a pharmacist.

Are unregulated CBD products safe?

In addition to containing varying amounts of active ingredient, dangerous chemicals have also been found in unregulated CBD products.

I’ve seen CBD oil for sale online, or in another state. Didn’t the 2018 Farm Bill make this legal?

The Board of Pharmacy cannot advise as to whether a pharmacy may legally sell industrial hemp-derived CBD products. Board counsel recommends that pharmacies consult with their attorneys should they need legal advice on this subject.

Will Virginia law ever change to allow oils with a higher concentration of THC-A or CBD? Or different dosage forms such as edibles?

This is a rapidly-changing area of law! Healthcare providers are likely to hear frequent patient questions about this topic, and the Virginia Pharmacists Association is watching this issue carefully. Healthcare providers are encouraged to join the Academy of Medical Cannabis to receive regular updates.

Frequently Asked Questions What’s the current law in Virginia regarding cannabis containing products? In Virginia, state law allows cannabinoid oils for medical use with certification from a