Written certifications issued by Virginia medical marijuana doctors are required to legally access medical cannabis in the state. However, only healthcare practitioners licensed by the state's Board of Medicine and/or Board of Nursing can recommend eligible individuals for medical marijuana. Effective July 2023, such medical providers are no longer required to register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
Yes. Even though medical registration cards are now optional in Virginia, qualifying patients are still required to see medical practitioners before they can use medical cannabis. Per House Bill 933, obtaining written certifications for the use of medical marijuana from approved medical providers remains a requirement for any patient to have legal access to medical cannabis.
In Virginia, if a practitioner determines that dispensing medical marijuana to a patient who is a minor is consistent with the standard of care, the written certification will expressly authorize it. If not specifically stated in the minor's initial written certification, the practitioner will communicate their approval in writing or verbally to the pharmacist at the dispensary.
The following medical providers can issue written certifications recommending the use of medical cannabis in Virginia:
Effective July 1, 2023, Virginia medical marijuana doctors no longer need to register with the state's Board of Pharmacy before they can issue written certifications for medical marijuana treatment.
Yes. The state's Board of Pharmacy currently maintains a Virginia medical marijuana doctors' list.
Qualifying medical cannabis patients can find Virginia medical marijuana doctors near them by looking up the list of registered practitioners for medical marijuana maintained by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. This list contains information on the medical providers' locations. Asking other medical marijuana patients in those locations will help anyone find the practitioners' exact addresses.
Yes. Virginia medical marijuana doctors can consult with their patients via telemedicine, provided they use real-time interactive audio-visual technology. Marijuana telemedicine services make connecting with medical providers easier, providing convenience and comfort regardless of patients' busy schedules.
With a valid written certification from a Virginia medical marijuana doctor, a qualified cannabis patient can get up to a 90-day supply of medical marijuana. Depending on a dispensary's pharmacist, this is typically 4 ounces of marijuana flowers in a 30-day period.