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In Virginia, patients with any diagnosed condition have an affirmative defense to possess and use CBD and/or THC-A oils, as determined by a medical practitioner. Effective July 1, 2019, any formulation of processed cannabis plant extract, except for whole plant cannabis, will be permitted. These marijuana extracts must contain at least 15% of either cannabidiol (CBD) or THC-A and no more than 5% THC. State-licensed pharmaceutical processors may cultivate, process, and dispense the extracts to patients. This is a single license for vertically-integrated businesses.

In March of 2020, the Virginia legislature passed SB2, which would decriminalize marijuana. It now moves on to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

 

History 

In 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed two bills that provided an affirmative defense for epilepsy patients in possession of CBD or THC-A oil with a doctor’s recommendation. In 2017, Gov. McAuliffe signed SB 1027, a bill that enabled patients suffering from intractable epilepsy to access cannabidiol (CBD) or THC-A oil. 

 

In 2018, the Gov. McAuliffe signed House Bill 1251, expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to allow the use of cannabidiol (CBD) or THC-A oil for the treatment of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by a medical practitioner. As of July 1, 2019, patients may enroll in the program with the state Board of Pharmacy with their physician’s authorization.

 

The Virginia Board of Pharmacy closed applications for Pharmaceutical Processor Licenses on June 8, 2018. The five licensed companies are: PharmaCann Virginia, Dalitso, Dharma Pharmaceuticals, Green Leaf Medical of Virginia, and Columbia Care.  

 

On July 1, 2019, 3 medical marijuana bills signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam went into effect. Each bill expands Virginia’s medical marijuana program. One bill allows school healthcare providers to administer medical marijuana oil to registered patients while at school. Another bill, known as the “Let Doctors Decide” bill, allows Virginia doctors to recommend medical marijuana oil for any diagnosed condition or disease. The last bill allows “registered agents” to receive medical marijuana oil on behalf of a patient, often referred to as a “caregiver” in other states.

 

Key Dates

  • March 8, 2020: Virginia legislature passes SB2, a bill to decriminalize marijuana. It moves on to the Governor’s desk.

  • June 1, 2019: state expands medical marijuana policies to provide access to more patients.

  • June 8, 2018: Virginia Board of Pharmacy closes applications and grants five licenses for Pharmaceutical Processors.

  • February, 2015: Gov. McAuliffe signs affirmative defense laws for epileptic patients possessing CBD or THC-A oil with medical recommendation.

Virginia Programs

 

                   Recreational/Adult Use                    Medical                  CBD/Medical                 CBD/Recreational

                             Not Legal                               Not Legal                      Legal                            Not Legal

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Hemp Cultivation

Applications are open for Industrial Hemp Growers, Dealers, and Processors at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.

 

Application Status

  • The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has closed applications for Pharmaceutical Processor Licenses for medical marijuana.

 

Application Fees/Start up Costs

  • $50 application fee for Industrial Hemp Growers, Dealers, and Processors

 

Available License Types

 

Previous License Types

  • The Virginia Board of Pharmacy closed applications for Pharmaceutical Processor Licenses on June 8, 2018. The five licensed companies are: PharmaCann Virginia, Dalitso, Dharma Pharmaceuticals, Green Leaf Medical of Virginia, and Columbia Care.  

  • As of April 30, 2019, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services granted 689 grower licenses and 92 processor licenses. Dealer licenses are new to the program and have not been issued yet.

 

Medical Qualifying Conditions 

  • As of July 1, 2019, physician authorizations for medical marijuana are no longer restricted to specific qualifying conditions.

 

Virginia Market

  • VDACS permitted 689 growers in 2019, with roughly 7,000 acres planned for cultivation. The hemp market is still nascent and highly volatile, with wholesale prices for processors dropping from $35 per pound to $8-12 per pound, due to an oversupply in the hemp harvest and a shortage of processors.

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