No. Although HB 2312 authorized recreational marijuana and recreational marijuana dispensaries in Virginia, recreational cannabis sales are not scheduled to commence until sometime in 2024.
No. There are no marijuana dispensaries in Chesapeake.
There are presently no dispensaries in Chesapeake, so you cannot purchase from online dispensaries in the city. However, if you choose to buy medical marijuana, you may do so online from other Virginia jurisdictions where medical marijuana shops are operational.
There are no dispensaries in the City of Chesapeake; therefore, you cannot visit one there. Note that when adult-use cannabis sales commence in 2024 or later, visitors to recreational marijuana shops will be required to provide proof of age to verify that they are 21 or older. Legally purchasing medicinal cannabis requires a Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis provided by a qualified practitioner for Medical Cannabis and a valid government-issued photo identification.
The City of Chesapeake Municipal Code does not contain any laws pertaining to the operation of dispensaries in the city.
HB 2312, which legalized cannabis for recreational purposes statewide in Virginia, limits the legal age for recreational cannabis use to 21 years or older. Therefore, Chesapeake adults may possess cannabis under certain limitations. HB 2312 allows individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to 28.3 grams of marijuana and grow up to four marijuana plants at home. Cannabis growing must take place at the cultivator's primary residence. Cultivated cannabis plants must not be visible to the public, and reasonable steps must be made to prevent access to such plants by those under the age of 21. Virginia cannabis law prohibits the creation of concentrated marijuana from marijuana cultivated at home and selling or distributing home-grown marijuana.
Although HB2312 makes cannabis use legal, the measure stipulates that cannabis cannot be sold at retail shops until at least July 2024. The delay will provide the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority with time to establish the necessary administrative framework for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and retail sales. The cannabis legislation in Virginia allows the transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana between persons of legal age so long as no compensation is involved.
According to Virginia's medical cannabis legislation, registered patients in Chesapeake are permitted to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Virginia medical cannabis laws allow registered Chesapeake residents with specific ailments to get CBD or THCA oil to treat such medical conditions. The possession and use of medicinal cannabis are restricted to the patient or if the patient is a vulnerable adult or minor, the patient's parent or legal guardian. A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 or older who cannot make or carry out reasonable health choices due to mental or physical condition, intellectual or developmental impairment, or other factors.
Patients registered in the Virginia medical marijuana registry are permitted to purchase cannabis oil from approved pharmaceutical processors. These oils may include up to 5 milligrams of CBD or THCA per dose but no more than 10 milligrams of THC. Sprays, oils, capsules, lotions, tinctures, gels, lozenges, patches, troches, suppositories, lollipops, and inhalation products are all accessible forms of medical cannabis oil. In 2021, the Virginia legislature passed (HB 2218/SB 1333) legislation allowing registered patients access to "botanical" whole-plant cannabis. Before ingesting botanical cannabis, minor patients must have their practitioners permit the use of botanical cannabis on their written certification form.
Parents, legal guardians, and patients are no longer required to register with the pharmacy board as of July 2022 to access medical marijuana. The documentation necessary to purchase medical cannabis products are a Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis from a qualified medical cannabis practitioner and a government-issued identification card.
To obtain a medical marijuana card in the City of Chesapeake, you must have received certification issued by a Virginia-licensed provider attesting that you have a qualifying ailment and that medical marijuana is appropriate to treat your condition. A qualifying ailment is any chronic or debilitating illness that, in the opinion of your attending physician, may be treated with medicinal cannabis. Autism, glaucoma, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, PTSD, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, cachexia, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are typical examples of such illnesses.
You may receive a medical cannabis certification from a Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant, in accordance with a 2019 legislation. Chesapeake residents looking to find approved healthcare providers who can issue medical marijuana certifications can find a list of certified practitioners on the Virginia Department of Health Professions website. After getting a medical marijuana certification, you may complete an application to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy for a medical cannabis card.
To apply for a medical marijuana (MMJ) card:
Visit the Initial Application System of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Create and verify your account on the system
Return to the online system and select “Initial Application” from the left menu
On the licensure screen, select "Pharmaceutical Processing" from the dropdown named "profession"
Select "Registered Patient for Medical Cannabis" if you are a patient or "Registered Parent or Guardian of Medical Cannabis" from the dropdown named "license type"
Select "Initial Application" from the dropdown marked "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 the written medical marijuana certification issued by a Virginia-registered practitioner
Proof of residency in Chesapeake and proof of residency of your parent or legal guardian, if applicable. A Virginia-issued ID card or tax receipt will suffice
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 valid state driver’s license meets the requirements for proof of age, identity, and residency. The Virginia Department of Health Professions prefers the submission of the documents by email. To submit the required application documents by email, send the documentation to email@example.com. If you cannot submit the documents by email, fax them to (804) 527-4472 or mail the documents to:
Virginia Board of Pharmacy
9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
It may take up to 60 business days for the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to review your application and issue your medical marijuana card. After the approval of your application, a medical marijuana card will be mailed to the address included on your application. For further information on getting a medical marijuana card, call the state Board of Pharmacy at (804) 367-4456 or review the patient registration instructions guide.
You may use marijuana in private homes or properties in Chesapeake but not in public places such as streets, walkways, restaurants, bars, and schools.
You cannot purchase cannabis legally anywhere in Chesapeake. There are presently no medical cannabis dispensaries in the city, and recreational cannabis retail sales are yet to begin statewide in Virginia.
When cannabis businesses open in Chesapeake, the average price of marijuana sold by approved dispensaries will be known.
Since Chesapeake has no weed dispensaries, cannabis strains are only popular among persons who purchase weed illegally.
No. Smoking or consuming marijuana in any public place is illegal in Chesapeake.
Possession of marijuana or marijuana products by residents except for registered patients, other than 90-day supplies of medical marijuana oil, is unlawful in Chesapeake. However, the Commonwealth of Virginia has decriminalized the possession of up to 1 ounce of cannabis, meaning the maximum penalty for having 1 ounce of marijuana is a $25 fine.
No. With marijuana still a Schedule I prohibited substance, shipping cannabis across state lines in Chesapeake is illegal.
There are presently no cannabis retail establishments in the city; hence you cannot purchase cannabis online. You will, however, be able to buy cannabis online once cannabis retail establishments open in the city. Residents who want to purchase medicinal marijuana may do so from other Virginia jurisdictions where cannabis shops operate.
Currently, there are no 24-hour dispensaries in Chesapeake.
When cannabis dispensaries open in Chesapeake, tourists who are at least 21 may purchase weed from such facilities, provided they have valid government-issued IDs. However, there are presently no medicinal or recreational cannabis marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Virginia cannabis laws prohibit dispensaries from selling recreational cannabis to persons under the age of 21. Medical marijuana may be sold to those with a medical marijuana card or a Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis. Presently, there are no weed dispensaries in the city.
There are currently no dispensaries operating in Chesapeake.
When cannabis retail shops open in Chesapeake, they will be required to comply with Virginia law mandating cannabis retail outlets to ensure cannabis and cannabis products are sold exclusively to adults with acceptable identification. Chesapeake shops will scan customer IDs while entering a retail shop to buy cannabis.
There are currently no weed dispensaries in Chesapeake.
It is unknown which payment method will be favored by cannabis shops in Chesapeake until retail cannabis businesses begin in the city. Until then, there is no way to know for sure which method of payment will be preferred. However, with cannabis still classified as a controlled substance under federal law, credit card issuers do not accept transactions involving cannabis. Because of this, cannabis purchases may be made using cash more often, as is the case in several jurisdictions where cannabis retail outlets operate.
Even though there are no dispensaries in the City of Chesapeake, no rules restrict the number of dispensaries that may be visited in a single day when pot shops open in the city.
Although no marijuana retail outlets exist in Chesapeake, most health insurance plans do not cover marijuana purchases since health insurance companies are governed by federal law, which deems cannabis illegal.
When cannabis retail companies operate in the city, Chesapeake dispensaries will monitor purchases in accordance with Virginia law to keep customers' purchases under the specified limits. There is currently no cannabis business in the city selling medicinal or recreational cannabis.
While there are presently no marijuana dispensaries in Chesapeake, unless you are 21 or older, you will be unable to visit such establishments when they commence operations in the city. You will be allowed to visit a dispensary selling medical cannabis if you are above the age of 18 and have a medical marijuana card or Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis.
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy (VBP) regulates activities relating to medical cannabis in the City of Chesapeake. The Virginia Cannabis Control Authority is tasked with overseeing recreational cannabis activities statewide. That task will begin when adult-use cannabis business licensing and sales start in the city and Virginia. You may contact the VBP by calling (804) 367-4456 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may reach the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) by email at email@example.com.
Chesapeake residents can report illegal cannabis activities by filing their complaints to the Enforcement Division of the Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) or by contacting the Chesapeake Police Department. You may contact the Chesapeake Police Department at (757) 382-6161 or by email at CPDQuestions@CityofChesapeake.net. You may also use the Chesapeake Citizen Online Reporting System or submit a tip to the city PD to report illegal cannabis activities in the city.