To renew your medical cannabis certification in Virginia, start by booking a consultation with an eligible medical practitioner. This must be a:
This can be an in-person or telemedicine consultation. During the consultation, the practitioner will conduct a medical assessment to determine whether you would still benefit from continued medical cannabis treatment. If the practitioner rules, in their professional judgment, that continued medical use is recommended, they would issue a new certification and update the patient’s information on the Virginia Medical Cannabis Portal.
A cannabis patient who wishes to renew their state-issued optional registration card must have a valid written certification for medical marijuana use. Patients also need to renew their medical cannabis certifications to avoid losing legal access to medicinal marijuana in the Commonwealth. Virginia medical marijuana cards are renewed online.
Yes. Patients participating in the Virginia medical cannabis program can renew their medical cannabis online by consulting with their certifying practitioners online. Such consultations can be conducted using interactive telemedicine services through which practitioners can complete patient assessments. Practitioners can then issue updated medical cannabis certifications, and update patients’ profiles on the state’s medical cannabis portal to reflect renewed certifications, if they are satisfied their patients need continuing medical cannabis treatments.
In Virginia, a marijuana patient or their parents/legal guardian must submit an online application to renew their medical marijuana card. When completing the application online, they must provide a copy of the written certification for the use of medical marijuana, the required renewal fee, ID, and proof of residency in Virginia.
It takes about 60 business days for the Commonwealth's Board of Pharmacy to process a medical marijuana card renewal application. Once approved, the Board will mail a physical cannabis registration card to the address on the application. However, since a medical marijuana card is optional in Virginia, a patient may continue to use their written certification for medical cannabis use at licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the Commonwealth, pending the arrival of their card.
A Virginia medical cannabis registration card and a patient's written certification for medical marijuana use must be renewed every year. Both are only valid for one year from their issue dates.
Yes. If a Virginia cannabis patient's written certification has expired, they must obtain an updated written certification for medical marijuana use from a registered practitioner. A physician must recertify a cannabis patient once their current written certification expires to enable them to have continued access to medical marijuana at Virginia-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Virginia maintains a list of registered practitioners for medical cannabis approved to recommend medical marijuana to qualifying patients.
In Virginia, only the following practitioners can issue written certifications for medical marijuana use:
The cost of renewing a Virginia medical patient's marijuana card is $50, paid online during renewal. However, the patient's parent or legal guardian pays a $25 medical marijuana card renewal fee. Patients do not have to pay to renew their medical cannabis certifications in Virginia. However, they would still have to pay for consulting their providers. The cost of medical cannabis healthcare provider consultationvaries from practice to practice.
The Board of Pharmacy (or the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority, from January 1, 2024) does not accept paper applications for Virginia medical marijuana card renewal. Patients and parents/legal guardians must initiate and conclude their medical cannabis card renewal process online via the Commonwealth-approved portal.
Virginia does not offer reciprocity for medical cannabis to other states. As such, out-of-state patients cannot use medical marijuana cards issued in their states of residence in Virginia or purchase medical cannabis at licensed dispensaries within the Commonwealth.