- Fully legal
90 day supply
Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Virginia has legalized both medical and adult-use cannabis. Counties and cities do have the power to prohibit medical or recreational cannabis businesses from operating, but few do so.
In September 2018, the Virginia State Board of Pharmacy approved the applications for five companies to open medical cannabis dispensaries across the Commonwealth.
Those with a valid certificate are protected from arrest by the state.
The legislation permits the recreational use of marijuana by adults at least 21 years old, allows for the wholesale and retail sale of marijuana, and allows home cultivation and personal use of marijuana (up to four plants for personal use).
The Virginia law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
Technically, a physician may be able to recommend cannabis for any condition they deem suitable. They will, however, need to explain their decision.
With Leafwell, you can get your Virginia Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for and undergo a medical marijuana evaluation for a Medical Marijuana Certificate and Card in Virginia. Caregivers must also be 18 years of age.
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Yes, telemedicine is legal in Virginia, and you can get certified for cannabis online.
Both medical and recreational cannabis users are legally allowed to grow up to four plants. Each plant must include a tag with the grower’s name, driver’s license or I.D. number, and a note that it is only for personal use.
Virginia does not have medical marijuana reciprocity and so does not recognize MMJ cards from other states.
A Virginia medical marijuana card may be used in some states with medical marijuana reciprocity, meaning they recognize out-of-state cards.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is acceptable) – just that the state’s medical marijuana laws protect you to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and intend to purchase medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also accountable to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing visiting patients to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
Those with a medical marijuana card have some employment protections. Governor Northam signed a bill that makes it illegal for most Virginia businesses to take adverse actions against employees who test positive for THC during a routine drug screening, as long as they have a Virginia medical marijuana certification. This ruling protects only medical patients.
Lab testing for mold, mildew, pesticides, solvents, mycotoxins & microbial, heavy metals and other pollutants, and cannabinoid content are requirements for medical marijuana products in Virginia.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy or another legally designated space to buy cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks, or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals, or other such healthcare space is also unlawful. Private members’ clubs and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense, keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.