How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Virginia [2020 Update]

Overview

In order to get a medical marijuana card in Virginia, you must first get approved by a state-certified physician. You can then apply for your Virginia medical marijuana card online. The state of Virginia now offers a full-fledged medical marijuana program. Participating in the state’s medical cannabis program is not difficult. Let’s get into the details of how to get a Virginia medical marijuana card online using telehealth, then we’ll go over the qualifying conditions for legal medical marijuana, Virginia marijuana laws, as well as Q&A.

What is Virginia Marijuana Telemedicine?

It's the way to get a Virginia medical card online from home!

Virginia – Telehealth gives patients the opportunity to visit with a marijuana card doctor in Virginia using your smart phone, tablet, or personal computer. Online medcard appointments help reduce the spread and exposure of patients to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Qualified patients can get legal THC and CBD medicine for the treatment of several qualifying conditions.

Live marijuana telehealth appointments can be done from anywhere in the state online without having to leave the house. No travel, in person doctor office visit, or inconvenience. Your Virginia medical card will be issued after the doctors approval. It doesn’t get any more germ free than this!

If you’re ready, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit, and you’re on your way to a marijuana doctors appointment from the comfort of your living room or dining room table. You will receive an email with follow up details as well. See if you qualify today.

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Virginia Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana

Under the most recent Virginia medical marijuana laws there are no specified qualifying conditions. Doctors may approve a patient for medical marijuana access for any condition for which they believe the patient can benefit. 

Some of the more common conditions for which patients seek medical marijuana include:

Virginia medical marijuana laws, history

Did you know that Virginia passed legislation way back in 1979 that allowed doctors to prescribe medical marijuana patients suffering from glaucoma or cancer patients dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy? That was long before the current wave of US states legalizing medical marijuana that has been taking place over the past quarter-century.

Lawmakers tried to repeal the law shortly after it passed without success. Nonetheless, the law never really produced any positive results as doctors in the state refused to prescribe cannabis to their patients due to the fact that the drug was still federally illegal. 

Then just five years ago, in 2015, the Virginia Senate rejected a bill to decriminalize cannabis. 

However, an affirmative defense law for CBD and THC-A oils was established under House Bill 1445 and Senate Bill 1235. This bill did not create a medical marijuana market but merely provided epilepsy patients with a legal defense for using non-intoxicating cannabis oils containing the cannabinoids CBD and THCA. 

Progress was made in September 2018 when the Virginia State Board of Pharmacy licensed five companies to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. However, as of the time of writing they are still yet to open for business. 

In 2019, Democrats won control of both the house and the senate in Virginia. This cleared the way for the state to enact more serious medical cannabis laws.  Cannabis oils containing up to 10 mg of THC per dose became legal for medical marijuana patients with the passage of SB 1557. Other types of products such as capsules and creams will also be made available. However, smokable cannabis products such as dried flower and hash are not permitted under these laws.

Moreover, physicians are now allowed to recommend the use of medical cannabis oil for any condition, not just epilepsy. 

Furthermore, under the new law, physician’s assistants and licensed nurse practitioners are now permitted to approve patients for a Virginia medical marijuana card.

Just recently, in February 2020, the House passed bill HB972 decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. The very next day the Virginia Senate passed a similar bill, SB 2 making possession of one ounce or less of marijuana punishable by a $25 fine rather than up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. 

A decriminalization bill is expected to pass and be signed by the governor making Virginia the 27th state to decriminalize marijuana. 

In March 2020, a bill was approved to completely legalize CBD and THC-A-rich medical cannabis products rather than just providing patients with an affirmative defense. That bill is now headed to the governor’s desk for approval.

Moreover, a measure was passed calling from the state to study the possibility of legalizing marijuana altogether.

Medical marijuana products are expected to be available by late spring or early summer of 2020.

How to get a medical marijuana card in Virginia

Virginia medical marijuana applications are now available for adult patients as well as parents and legal guardians of minors who are eligible for a Virginia medical marijuana card using the online application system. 

Before applying, patients must first obtain a written certification from a certified practitioner.

Once you have your written certification you may apply for your medical marijuana card online.

In order to apply for your medical marijuana card in Virginia you will need the following:

  • Your doctor’s certification for the use of Cannabidiol Oil or THC-A Oil
  • Proof of identity, age, and residency

Virginia medical marijuana card online application:
https://www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/PersonSearchResults.aspx

Virginia medical marijuana card fee

There is a fee of $50 due upon submission of your Virginia medical marijuana application. 

The fee is nonrefundable if you are denied a card. However, if you have a valid approval from a certified physician you are likely to be approved.

Virginia MedCard Q&A
Other Important Information about Virginia Marijuana Cards

How Much Does a Virginia  Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?

$50

How much does a Recommending Marijuana Doctor in Virginia Cost?

The Average Cost to visit a Certified Ordering Doctor is $100 – $200 for the initial visit and $75 – $150 for the follow up visit.

Can doctors prescribe medical marijuana?

Doctors are actually not permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. However, if they are registered by the state, a doctor can recommend medical marijuana and approve their patients for access to the drug.

When I get my VA MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?

No.

Where can I find a marijuana doctor near me in VA?

Check out out marijuana doctors map to see if any are listed near you.

Virginia Marijuana FAQ's

Frequently asked questions we receive regarding VA cannabis.

Can I Smoke Weed in Virginia Once Qualified?

No

Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?

No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Virginia only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

Is Recreational Weed Legal?

No.

I see CBD Oils for sale on commercials, online, and at stores around town, is this CBD Oil legal in Virginia?

Hemp derived CBD oil is legal.

Will CBD Oil, hemp, or cannabidiol get me high?

No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that have a need for non-euphoric treatment.

Is CBD for Pets really a thing?

Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.

Where can I get CBD for pets?

You can find CBD for pets at pet stores, retail and at holistic shops.

Are THC Infused edibles allowed in Virginia?

Yes – candy only.

What marijuana products are legally available in Virginia?

Under SB1557 Virginia medical marijuana card-holders will have access to cannabis oils containing CBD and THCA as well as small amounts of THC. Medical cannabis products sold in Virginia may contain up to 10 mg THC per dose. 

Medical marijuana products expected to become available include:

  • Oils
  • Tinctures
  • Edibles (candy, but not food)
  • Capsules
  • Sprays
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Lozenges
  • Patches
  • Suppositories

Smokable marijuana is prohibited under Virginia’s medical marijuana laws.

These products may not be consumed in public. Doing so can result in being charged with a misdemeanor and spending up to 30 days in jail and being fined up to $500.

Furthermore, you must have your medicine stored in a locked container in the trunk of your car. 

If you have to take your medicine out of your home, be sure to have your Virginia medical marijuana certificate with you at all times.

Where can I buy medical marijuana in Virginia?

Businesses that are licensed to produce medical cannabis oils in Virginia are technically called “pharmaceutical processors.” 

All medical marijuana dispensaries must manufacture their own products in-state. 

So far, the Board of Pharmacy has licensed five processors/dispensaries. 

These are the five licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Virginia.

  • Staunton, VA – MedMen
  • Manassas, VA – Dalitso
  • Bristol, VA – Dharma Pharmaceuticals
  • Richmond, VA – Green Leaf Medical
  • Portsmouth, VA – Columbia Care

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

Similar to all states Virginia medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. Virginia medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

How Much Is Medical Marijuana in Virginia?

The price range for medical cannabis in VA is around $10 per gram and $125-$225 per ounce.

How Much Should I consume?

You should always consult with a Virgina marijuana doctor before using and that doctor will set the course of treatment.

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