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How getting a medical marijuana card works for Virginia residents.

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    Sign Up

    No appointment necessary. Register with Leafwell on any device and consult with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors in minutes.

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    Meet Your Provider

    After finishing your application, you’ll be connected with a state-licensed medical professional, typically in 10 minutes or less.

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    Get Your Certification

    Once approved, complete the state application and receive your digital Virginia medical marijuana card.

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    Shop with Your Digital Card

    Take your digital medical cannabis card and your government-issued ID to your chosen dispensary to shop.

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See a detailed step-by-step explainer on all the Virginia medical card requirements.

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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Virginia is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps if you're looking to get a medical marijuana card.

  1. Book An Appointment with Leafwell
  2. Register with Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Program
  3. Get Your Digital Medical Marijuana Certification
  4. Use Your Digital Medical Card at a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

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Qualifying Medical Conditions

There is no list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in VA. Instead, Virginia’s medical cannabis program states that an eligible practitioner like a medical marijuana doctor may recommend cannabis for treatment if cannabis will “alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease.”

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    Any Virginia resident at least 18 years old can apply for a Virginia medical cannabis card. They must be a medical patient with a qualifying health condition diagnosed by a doctor.

    Approved patients have the option to register with the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority to receive a state-issued digital registered patient card.

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    The Virginia medical marijuana program refers to caregivers who are not the patient’s parent/legal guardian as agents. Caregivers must be at least 18 years old.

    An agent can enter licensed dispensaries in Virginia and assist minors and vulnerable adults with obtaining and using medical cannabis.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes, but parents/legal guardians of minors and vulnerable adults must be listed on the patient’s written certification.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Virginia medical cannabis card:

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    Medical Marijuana Certification

    A copy of the medical marijuana certification from your healthcare provider – you can download this from the email from the state.

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    Proof of Identity

    VA Driver’s License, VA State ID, or Passport, Out-of-state ID or Military ID with Proof of Residency

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    Proof of Virginia Residence (Optional)

    Acceptable proof of residence is anything that shows your current address, such as:

    utility bills, bank statements, current property tax statements, voter registration cards, and health insurance documents.

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Next Steps After Approval

Congratulations on getting your Virginia medical cannabis certification! Once you have your digital card, you can purchase medical cannabis products!

  • Download Digital Card: Receive an email from the state to access and download your digital “Validation of Written Certification” card.
  • Start Shopping: Go to your nearest dispensary and shop for your medical cannabis products.
  • Optional: Register with the state to receive a digital registered patient card ($50 fee).

How to Renew Your Card

The process of renewing your medical cannabis card is simple in Virginia and very similar to the process of getting approved for the first time. For an in-depth, step-by-step explainer of the process, check out our medical marijuana card renewal page for VA.

Legal Topics

  • As of July 1, 2022, medical cannabis patients, parents, or legal guardians are no longer required to register with the state’s Cannabis Control Authority to obtain a state-issued medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis at licensed dispensaries.
  • Medical marijuana patients, parents, or legal guardians must still have a written medical marijuana certification from a state-licensed medical marijuana doctor, physician, or nurse practitioner to obtain medical cannabis products.
  • The specified possession limit for medical cannabis products is a 90-day supply. Such products may contain up to 10 mg of THC per single dose.
  • The medical marijuana possession limit for botanical cannabis (flower) is up to four ounces per 30 days, while all other residents can only possess up to one ounce.
  • Adult-use (recreational) marijuana is legal in Virginia as of 2021, yet recreational cannabis sales in dispensaries won’t begin until 2024.

Check out our Virginia law page for more in-depth coverage of the state’s medical marijuana laws and rules. And if you’re ready to apply for Virginia’s medical cannabis program to get your medical cannabis card, schedule an appointment with Leafwell today.


The Virginia medical marijuana program refers to caregivers who are not the patient’s parent/guardian as agents. Caregivers must be at least 18 years old. An agent can enter licensed dispensaries in Virginia and assist minors and vulnerable adults purchase medical cannabis and use medical marijuana products. Agents can:

  • Only care for medical cannabis patients who have received a written certification in the past 12 months.
  • Serve a maximum of two patients.
  • Optional: Register with Virginia’s Cannabis Control Authority. The initial registration fee is $25, and the annual renewal fee is $25.


Virginia does not yet offer medical marijuana reciprocity. However, as of July 2021, adults 21 years of age or older can possess up to one ounce of recreational marijuana and grow up to four marijuana plants per household. The state plans to open retail dispensaries in 2024.

While Virginia does not offer reciprocity, many other states recognize out-of-state cards if you’re a medical cannabis patient. These states include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas *
  • Hawaii *
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan (at the dispensary’s discretion)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey *
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma *
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Virgin Islands *
  • Utah * (up to two 21-day periods in a calendar year)
  • Washington, D.C.

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.


How much does a Virginia medical marijuana card cost?

An online consultation for a Virginia medical marijuana certificate costs $99 and includes a 1-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

Registration with the VA Cannabis Control Authority is optional. Those who would like a digital registered patient card must complete an online application and pay a $50 registration fee.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Virginia?

In Virginia, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certification and card:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain that does not respond to traditional treatments, or where opioids may be used.
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – moderate to severe

Technically, a medical marijuana doctor or physician may be able to recommend medical marijuana treatment for any medical condition they deem suitable. They will, however, need to explain their decision.

What do I need to know about applying for my medical marijuana card in Virginia online?

With Leafwell, applying for a Virginia medical marijuana card online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Virginia-licensed healthcare provider online. Consultations cost $99, and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  2. Once approved, they will submit a digital written medical marijuana certification directly to the state.
  3. You will receive an email from the state that provides access to a digital “Validation of Written Certification” card.
  4. Go to your nearest medical cannabis dispensary with your digital medical marijuana card and a government-issued ID to shop for medical marijuana products. Optional: Register with the state’s medical cannabis program to receive a digital registered patient card ($50 fee).

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in Virginia?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a Virginia medical marijuana card.

Minor patients may apply with consent from a custodial parent or legal guardian.

Caregivers (aka agents) must also be 18 years of age.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Virginia?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Virginia can have a caregiver, but they are called agents instead.

Registration with the state’s Cannabis Control Authority is only required for parents/legal guardians and registered agents of a patient if the practitioner did not include their name on the written certification.

The Registered Agent Application Guide can be found here.

Caregiver (“Agent”) Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • An individual may serve as an agent for no more than 2 patients. The CCA does not enforce a limit on the number of agents a patient can have.
    • For patients who wish to designate more than one agent:
      • Minors – Both the parent/guardian and agent can be listed on the certification, but each person will require their own copy to shop. If two parents/guardians need to be listed, they can email MedicalCannabis@cca.virginia.gov for further instruction.
      • Adult patients – Email MedicalCannabis@cca.virginia.gov for further instruction.
  • Effective 7/1/23, if the agent’s name is on a patient’s written certification, they are no longer required to register with the CCA. A parent/legal guardian may choose to register with the CCA if they wish to obtain an optional digital registration card.

How do I apply for the state program in Virginia?

Registering with the state is not required for patients to access medical marijuana. However, patients can voluntarily register with Virginia’s Cannabis Control Authority to receive a digital medical cannabis registration card.

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • Government-issued ID (driver’s license or ID card)
  • Digital Written Certification (from state)
  • Proof of identity and residency
    • Note: A valid Virginia ID can act as proof of residency and ID combined.

Registering with the VA Cannabis Control Authority

  1. Create an account.
    1. Access the Medical Cannabis Portal here: https://patients.va.biotr.ac/
    2. Create an account by clicking the “Create an Account” button at the bottom of the page.
    3. Select the “Create Patient Account” button.
    4. Complete the First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth fields.
    5. Enter your email address and create a password.
    6. You will be sent a confirmation email. Click the link in the email only once to validate your account.
  2. Log back into your account and click “Applications” on the top left of the page to open a dropdown menu.
  3. In the dropdown menu, select “Registered Patient Application.”
  4. Complete the First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, Phone number, Email address, Social Security Number or Virginia DMV Control Number, and current mailing address fields.
  5. Answer the questions included in the application.
    1. Note: If the applicant is a parent/legal guardian of a minor or vulnerable adult, they may submit the “Parent/Legal Guardian Application.”
  6. Upload your government-issued identification and written certification.
  7. Sign (with your mouse) and date at the bottom of the application.
  8. To make your payment, please mail a check to 333 E. Franklin Street – Ste. 200, Richmond, VA 23219.
    1. Patients: $50
    2. Parent/Legal Guardian: $25
    3. Registered Agents: $25
  9. Your application will be processed within 10 days. You will be notified by email of application approval or denial.

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