Medical marijuana is available to registered MMJ patients in Virginia. So, how long does Virginia take to approve a medical marijuana card? Let’s dive in and find out.
Do You Need A Medical Marijuana Card To Go To A Dispensary In Virginia?
Virginia medical marijuana patients do not need to get an MMJ card (also called a Board Registration card) from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy in order to buy medical marijuana products from a VA dispensary.
They only need to present a Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis from a Registered Practitioner for Medical Cannabis, along with a government-issued ID, to purchase MMJ.
Why Get A Virginia MMJ Card?
While Virginia law does not require a patient to have an MMJ card to purchase medical marijuana, many MMJ patients in the state still choose to get a card. A physical MMJ card is easily accessible, less prone to damage, and can be stored easily in your wallet.
How Long Does Virginia Take To Approve A Medical Marijuana Card?
How fast can you get a medical card in Virginia? It takes approximately 60 business days for an application for a Virginia medical marijuana card to be processed. Once the card is issued it will be mailed to the patient, parent, or legal guardian’s address, as given on the application.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Marijuana License In Virginia?
It takes up to 60 days to get your MMJ card in Virginia. However, you can get a Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis from a Virginia MMJ doctor during or shortly after your medical consultation. This certification can be used to purchase medical marijuana right away.
If you have a telemedicine consultation at the MMJRecs online clinic, your Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
Can You Get A Medical Card Same Day In Virginia?
It’s not currently possible to get an MMJ medical card on the same day in Virginia. However, you can purchase medical marijuana if you present your Written Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis along with a government-issued ID, which you can get on the same day as your medical consultation.
How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Virginia
Virginia medical license application is a straightforward process:
- Have a medical consultation with a Virginia Registered Practitioner for Medical Cannabis. This can be done remotely at the MMJRecs online clinic.
- If the Registered Practitioner for Medical Cannabis decides you can benefit from medical marijuana treatment, they will write you a Certification for the Use of Medical Cannabis. You can purchase medical marijuana by presenting this certificate and a government-issued ID.
- If you also want to get a Virginia medical marijuana card, you must submit an online application to the Virginia Department of Health Professions and Board of Pharmacy.
How Much Does A Virginia Medical Marijuana Card Cost?
A Virginia MMJ card costs $50.
Virginia Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
There is no official list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions in Virginia. You can be prescribed MMJ in Virginia for any medical condition that a Registered Practitioner for Medical Cannabis decides could be helped by medical marijuana treatment.
The most common medical conditions that patients are prescribed MMJ treatment for in Virginia are:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Cachexia and wasting syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette Syndrome
Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana In Virginia?
Virginia has an official list of medical professionals who are Registered Practitioners for Medical Cannabis. These medical professionals are the only people who can prescribe MMJ in Virginia. The medical professionals on the list are mostly physicians, licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and osteopaths.
How Many Medical Dispensaries Are In Virginia?
In Virginia, medical marijuana products are produced and sold by businesses called “pharmaceutical processors”. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has issued permits to five pharmaceutical processors. They are located in:
What Products Are Available At Virginia MMJ Dispensaries?
The following MMJ products are available at Virginia dispensaries:
- MMJ flower
- Cannabis oils
Home cultivation is also legal in Virginia. Patients can cultivate up to four marijuana plants per household.
How Much MMJ Can You Possess In Virginia?
The Virginia medical marijuana possession limits are:
- 90-day supply (maximum of four ounces of marijuana flower for every 30 days)
- Four plants per household
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