No. There are no recreational cannabis dispensaries in Alexandria. Sales of recreational cannabis are yet to begin in Alexandria and other jurisdictions in Virginia, even though HB 2312 legalized cannabis use and possession statewide in April 2021.
Yes. Alexandria permits medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in its jurisdiction. Only one medical marijuana dispensary exists in the city.
Although you cannot buy recreational cannabis online in the city, qualified medical marijuana patients can order medical cannabis online from the only medical cannabis dispensary in the city.
You cannot visit an adult-use cannabis dispensary in Alexandria. Recreational cannabis sales in Virginia are not expected to start until 2024. When such cannabis retail stores open in the city, you will be required to bring a photo ID showing you are of legal age to consume cannabis in Alexandria.
However, you can visit a medical cannabis dispensary in the city to purchase medical cannabis if you are a qualified medical cannabis patient. To enter a medical cannabis dispensary, you must provide a valid, government-issued ID and a printed copy of your active Virginia medical marijuana certification. These items qualify you to purchase medical cannabis from a medical cannabis dispensary in the city. To find the addresses of cannabis dispensaries nearby in Alexandria, search online using the search term "weed dispensaries near me."
The state laws for dispensary operations guide the activities of cannabis dispensaries in Alexandria:
Cannabis use is illegal on the property of a dispensary
Cannabis may not be sold to persons without valid writer certification for cannabis use
A dispensary may not sell more than the permitted possession limits to cannabis buyers in the city
Alexandria's recreational cannabis laws are the same as Virginia's law on recreational laws. The possession and use of cannabis are legal in Alexandria pursuant to HB 2312, which went into effect in July 2021. Hence, Alexandria adults aged 21 or older may possess up to 28 grams of cannabis and cultivate up to four maximum cannabis plants per household. Although possession and use of cannabis are legal now, the Virginia cannabis legalization law does not permit recreational cannabis sales until at least 2024. The law tasks the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority to use the intervening period to establish the framework necessary to regulate cannabis activities and operations in the state.
HB 2312 also stipulates that cannabis cultivation for personal use may only occur indoors at the homes of the cultivators. The plants must be secured and locked away from public view. The law also permits the sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana between adults of legal age as long as no compensation is involved. Although cannabis sharing in private residences is legal, the exchange or gifting of cannabis is not allowed.
The medical marijuana laws in Alexandria are the same in operation elsewhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The journey to medical cannabis legalization in Virginia began in 2015 when a statute was approved allowing people with intractable epilepsy to possess cannabis oil. In 2017, the Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation to establish the framework for a medical cannabis program. Since then, Virginia lawmakers have continuously amended the medicinal cannabis program. Today, Virginia law permits Alexandria residents who have obtained written certifications for medical marijuana use to obtain THCA oil or CBD to treat their conditions.
While patients must have specific approved conditions for medical marijuana use in other states, Virginia’s statute allows for medical marijuana use for any illness determined suitable by a qualified practitioner. In Virginia, medical marijuana is accessible to adults, vulnerable adults, and minors under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. A vulnerable adult is an individual unable to make health decisions due to a mental or physical condition, developmental incapacity, or other factors. Only approved dispensaries are permitted to sell medicinal marijuana. However, you must first be a registered and verified medical cannabis patient under the Virginia medical cannabis program. The certification allows you to buy medical cannabis from any dispensary or institution licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Registered patients can possess up to 10 milligrams of CBD or THCA per dose in the form of patches, sprays, gels, tinctures, capsules, lozenges, oils, lotions, troches, lollipops, suppositories, and other products that may be inhaled.
Note that from July 2022, you no longer need to be registered with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to obtain medical marijuana. The only documentation required to purchase medical marijuana from approved dispensing locations in the city are a government-issued ID card and a written certification for cannabis use obtained from a qualified healthcare practitioner.
In order to get a medical marijuana card in Alexandria, you must be certified by a Virginia-licensed practitioner to have an ailment that the practitioner has determined will be treated with medical cannabis. Conditions for which healthcare providers typically issue medical cannabis certifications include cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism, cachexia, hepatitis C, Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
You may obtain a medical cannabis certification from a Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant. To find approved physicians in Alexandria, you may use the list of certified practitioners on the Virginia Department of Health Professions website. Upon obtaining a written certification for the medical use of marijuana, you may complete your medical marijuana card application by following these steps:
Visit the Initial Application System of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Create an account on the system
Select “Initial Application” from the left menu
On the licensure screen, select "Pharmaceutical Processing" from the dropdown tagged “profession”
Choose "Registered Patient for Medical Cannabis" if you are a patient, from the dropdown tagged "license type"
Select "Initial Application" from the dropdown tagged "Obtained By"
Pay the non-refundable application fee: $50 for a patient or $25 for a parent or legal guardian
Upload the required documents:
A copy of your medical cannabis certification
Your proof of residency in Alexandria and proof of residency of your parent or legal guardian, if applicable. A Virginia-issued ID card or tax receipt is acceptable
Your proof of identity. Proof of identity of your legal guardian or parent, such as a government-issued identification card, will be required if you are applying as a minor
Proof of age, such as a birth certificate or other government-issued ID
Note that a current Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license may be used to fulfill the requirements for proof of identity, age, and residency. To submit the documents by email, send them to email@example.com. Alternatively, submit the required documents by fax to (804) 527-4472 or mail the documents to:
Virginia Board of Pharmacy
9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy may take up to 90 calendar days to review your application and issue your medical marijuana card. After application approval, the Board will mail your card to the address listed on your application. For further inquiries on getting a medical marijuana card in Alexandria, call the state Board of Pharmacy at (804) 367-4456 or check the patient registration instructions guide.
You may use marijuana in private homes in Alexandria but not in public places. If you do not own your residential space, you must contact your landlord or property manager before using cannabis on such a premise. Alternatively, you may check your rental agreement to verify if it includes cannabis use policies.
You can buy medical marijuana in Alexandria if you bring cash, a written certification for medical marijuana use and a government-issued ID to an approved medical cannabis dispensary in the city. If you are unsure about the location of cannabis dispensaries in the city, use the search term “marijuana dispensaries near me.” Rather than visit the physical address of a medical marijuana dispensary, you may also order medical cannabis online from approved retailers. Note that recreational cannabis is not available for purchase legally in the city.
One ounce of cannabis in Alexandria costs between $250 and $320.
Blue Dream, Durban Poison, Chemdawg, Do-Si-Dos, and Wedding Cake are popular cannabis strains in Alexandria.
No. Public consumption or smoking of cannabis is prohibited in Alexandria. Cannabis can only be consumed in the privacy of your home.
Registered medical cannabis patients in Alexandria may possess up to 90-day supplies of medical marijuana. However, according to the Virginia marijuana decriminalization law, adults aged 21 or older in the city may only possess up to 28 grams of cannabis.
No. With marijuana still a controlled substance under the United States Controlled Substances Act, shipping cannabis across state lines in Alexandria is illegal.
Yes. You may order cannabis online from the only medical cannabis dispensary in the city if you are a registered medical cannabis patient. However, you cannot order adult-use marijuana online in the city.
There are no 24-hour dispensaries in Alexandria.
Tourists cannot use medical cannabis dispensaries in Alexandria, as Virginia does not allow for reciprocity in its medical marijuana program. There are no recreational weed dispensaries for residents or tourists in Alexandria.
You must present a government-issued ID card and a medical marijuana certification to buy medical cannabis products in Alexandria. Although recreational cannabis dispensaries do not yet exist in the city, you will be required to show a valid, government-issued ID as proof of legal age (21) to be allowed to enter such establishments when they open in the city.
Only one medical cannabis dispensary exists in Alexandria.
Yes. Alexandria dispensaries scan their customers' IDs to ensure cannabis products are only sold to persons who have obtained medical cannabis certifications.
Beyond Hello cannabis dispensary, located at 5902 Richmond Highway, is the only cannabis dispensary in Alexandria. The business sells medical marijuana to certified medical cannabis patients who are residents of Alexandria or other Virginia jurisdictions.
Alexandria dispensing facilities do not accept credit cards. Cash is the preferred payment option received.
You can legally visit multiple cannabis dispensing facilities in one day. However, with only one dispensary operating in Alexandria, you cannot visit multiple dispensaries in the city.
No. Alexandria cannabis dispensaries do not take health insurance.
Yes. Alexandria dispensaries track how much weed is purchased by visitors.
You can enter medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city if you are 18 or older and have a written certification for medical cannabis use. You cannot yet enter a recreational weed dispensary in the city as no such cannabis establishment exists there.
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy (VBP) regulates medical marijuana operations in Alexandria, while the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority administers recreational cannabis activities in the city. You may contact the pharmacy board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (804) 367-4456. You may contact the Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) by email at email@example.com.
Alexandria residents may report illicit cannabis activities by filing a complaint to the Enforcement Division of the state Department of Health Professions or by contacting the Alexandria Police Department. You may contact the Alexandria Police Department by submitting a complaint online or reporting a crime online.