How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Virginia in 2022

Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Virginia?

Yes! Medical marijuana is legal in Virginia! The Virginia Board of Medicine has determined that licensed health professionals can recommend medical marijuana for any condition that will improve with the use of cannabis. Learn how to get a medical marijuana card in Virginia in 2022, and make an appointment with one of our Virginia medical marijuana doctors online today!

Once you get your medical card in VA, you can shop at any of Virginia's licensed dispensaries to buy medical marijuana products to fit any treatment goal, preference and lifestyle! Virginia dispensaries offer an expanding list of cannabis products for sale, including various strains of medical marijuana flower, vapes, tinctures, edibles, concentrates, lotions and more!

Even if you don't have a dispensary near you, you may be able to get medical marijuana delivered right to your door! Many of the operational dispensaries in Virginia are offering cannabis delivery, and they have a wide service area to cover patients who live in more remote areas. Visit our dispensary page to learn more!
 

How Can I Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Virginia?

To qualify for a medical marijuana card in Virginia, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

 

  • Be diagnosed with a medical condition you believe will benefit from medical marijuana treatment.

  • Have a written medical marijuana certification from a registered Virginia medical marijuana doctor. That's where we come in!

  • Have proof of Virginia residency (current VA Driver’s License or State ID card).

What are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in VA?

In order to buy medical marijuana in Virginia, you need to get a recommendation from a Virginia licensed doctor or nurse practitioner, then register with the Virginia Board of Health Professions as a patient.

 

To get a recommendation for medical cannabis, a licensed Virginia physician must first diagnose you with a condition that will improve with the use of marijuana. With your diagnosis, you can get a medical marijuana recommendation from a marijuana doctor or nurse practitioner.

While any symptom or condition may qualify for medical cannabis in Virginia, we've listed some of the most common conditions treated with cannabis. This information may help you answer the question, “Do I qualify for a medical card in Virginia?” If you think you may qualify for MMJ in Virginia but don't see your condition on this list, don't hesitate to reach out to our patient support team at (888) 633-5808 to discuss your situation:

 

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Get Your Medical Marijuana Recommendation

in Four Easy Steps!

Step 1

Schedule a medical marijuana evaluation online, or by calling us at (888) 633-5808.

Step 2
Submit your MMJ patient form, State ID, and make your payment.
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Step 3

Connect with our medical marijuana doctor online using your phone or computer.

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Step 4

Register your Virginia marijuana card online, and get access to VA's licensed cannabis dispensaries!

How to Get Approved for a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card

If you have previously been diagnosed with a medical condition that could benefit from medical marijuana—or you believe you are currently living with one—you are likely eligible for a medical marijuana card in Virginia. The next step is to find a compassionate medical marijuana doctor to review your condition(s), and if appropriate, recommend medical cannabis as part of your treatment plan. That’s where we come in!​

Licensed Marijuana Doctors in VA

All of our doctors are registered with the Virginia Department of Health Professions. They have expanded their current knowledge to include the most recent cannabis research and studies, through continuing medical marijuana education coursework. This means Virginia Marijuana Card doctors are up to date on the latest information about treating your condition with cannabis, and they understand and believe in the healing properties of medical marijuana!

What to Expect at Your Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation Appointment

During your online medical marijuana evaluation appointment, you and your doctor will discuss your condition as well as your medical history. If your Virginia medical marijuana doctor believes medical cannabis is a good treatment option for your condition, you will receive a signed medical marijuana certification that allows you to register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

How to Shop at Virginia's Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

After you submit your medical marijuana recommendation, the board will process your Virginia marijuana card application, and you will be added to the patient registry. Once your Virginia marijuana card application is processed, you'll receive your Virginia medical marijuana patient identification card in the mail. You may also opt to get your Virginia medical marijuana patient ID online, speeding up the process so you can start shopping at dispensaries even sooner!

If you need guidance on where to find your nearest medical marijuana dispensary in Virginia, or if you have questions about getting a replacement marijuana patient identification card, we are here for you! Just give us a call at (888) 633-5808, and our patient support team will work with you to make sure your natural treatment journey goes as smoothly as possible!

What Information and Forms Are Required for a Medical Marijuana Card in VA?

The following are required when submitting an application to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy:

 

  • Your application form

  • Your completed Physician Written Certification

  • Your current Virginia issued driver's license or state ID (Please be aware that your name and address on your application form must match what is listed on your Virginia driver's license or ID)

Schedule Your Appointment With a Virginia Medical Marijuana Doctor Online Today!

In order to legally buy medical cannabis in Virginia, patients must first schedule a virtual marijuana evaluation to get a recommendation. When you make an appointment with a Virginia Marijuana Card doctor, you'll meet online, and your doctor will evaluate whether cannabis is a good course of treatment for you. At the appointment, you and your marijuana doctor will also discuss how to use MMJ to relieve your symptoms naturally.

 

There are a couple of challenges to finding a doctor who can or is willing to recommend medical marijuana for qualifying patients in Virginia. Sometimes the medical association your doctor is affiliated with forbids them from recommending cannabis to treat symptoms and conditions, and sometimes they simply do not understand enough about the endocannabinoid system to be comfortable with making a recommendation.

 

The MMJ doctors at Virginia Marijuana Card are understanding and compassionate, and they are educated in the way marijuana interacts with the body to promote healing and symptom alleviation. Our patient support team is here to answer your questions and help you through every step of the process, and we even offer 12 months of free follow-up visits once you get your card, to ensure you are on the right treatment path!

 

Once you have your recommendation, all you need to do is register your Virginia medical marijuana card application with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy through the Virginia Board of Health Professions registration page. After you application is processed, you'll either get your VA medical marijuana card in the mail or online, depending on which delivery method you choose.

 

While you wait, check out our dispensary page to find where to buy marijuana in Virginia, and to locate your nearest dispensary!

Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting Your Office?

At Virginia Marijuana Card, we cannot guarantee approval for medical marijuana, as the doctor is the only person that can make any determination about qualified patients. To make it likely that you will receive approval for treatment with cannabis from the doctor, bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments.

 

If you do not get a recommendation for medical cannabis at your appointment, you'll get a refund for the cost of your appointment, minus a nominal fee if we help you get your medical records.

With Legalized Adult-Use Marijuana in Virginia, ​Why Should You Get a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card in 2022?

With all the adult use marijuana legalization laws going into effect in Virginia starting on July 1, 2021, plenty of VA residents are wondering why they should bother getting a medical marijuana card. Even though Virginia lawmakers have reduced or eliminated criminal penalties for marijuana possession and legalized home cultivation of marijuana plants for adults 21 and older, retail sale of recreational marijuana is not set to begin until 2024.

 

The Virginia Cannabis Control Authority wants to move the adult use sale date up to 2023, but with the recent shift in leadership, recreational sales of marijuana in Virginia may not happen at all. Additionally, when the day finally arrives that dispensaries are licensed to sell adult-use cannabis, medical marijuana patients will still get priority over recreational consumers.

 

For more information about the difference between the recreational marijuana market and the medical marijuana market, check out our blog post, "Do I Still Need a Medical Marijuana Card Now That Recreational Cannabis is Legal in Virginia?"

 

You don't have to wait for recreational marijuana to become available! You can get access to medical marijuana products right now, and qualifying is simple. Here are a few benefits of taking advantage of the robust Virginia medical marijuana program:

Effective Treatment

If you currently suffer from a medical condition, we strongly suggest you initiate your medical marijuana treatment regimen under the supervision of a physician. Look for someone who has training and belief in the medicinal qualities of cannabis for guidance on how to begin a treatment plan that lets you take control of your symptom management.

 

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our doctors are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and they have also received continuing medical cannabis education courses. This ensures that they have critical and recent information related to the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana.

Dispensary Access

Medical marijuana products should be purchased from a licensed Virginia medical marijuana dispensary. The Virginia Department of Health Professions supports the use of medical marijuana (in its various forms) as a low risk and successful method of treatment for medical conditions, when deemed appropriate by a registered physician.

 

With your Virginia Medical Marijuana card in hand, you'll be able to access all Virginia cannabis dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries carry many forms of medical cannabis in varying strengths and potencies. Each dispensary will have products such as marijuana capsules, tinctures, oils, creams, gels, patches, suppositories, and flower.

Patient Product Confidence

Virginia medical marijuana dispensaries carry all types of cannabis products, including flower, edibles, oils, patches, and vapes. However, a patient is required to have a Virginia MMJ card in order to gain access to any of Virginia’s world-class dispensaries.

 

Once you have your Virginia medical marijuana card, you buy cannabis in Virginia dispensaries and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your products are regulated, tested in a third party lab, and properly labeled. The list of products sold at Virginia dispensaries is constantly expanding, and you can get cannabis that has been formulated to treat specific symptoms.

Legal Protection

Your Virginia marijuana card makes it easy to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are a registered patient with Virginia's Medical Marijuana Control Program, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical cannabis products.

 

Medical marijuana patients have higher legal possession limits, and there are protections in place prohibiting most Virginia employers from punishing employees for using marijuana when they have a medical card.

Access to Other States

A Virginia Marijuana Card gets you access to all medical marijuana dispensaries located within the state, but you might end up receiving more value than you originally anticipated! Many states with medical marijuana laws extend reciprocity with their programs. This means your marijuana card from Virginia may allow you to purchase medical cannabis in states with similar requirements, including DC!

I Have a Medical Condition. How Do I Get Approved for Medical Marijuana in VA?

If you are currently living with a chronic or debilitating medical condition or symptoms, you are likely eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Virginia. However, before you can walk into a dispensary, you will need a Virginia medical marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain one is by scheduling a medical marijuana recommendation appointment with our medical marijuana doctors online.

What Is a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?

A Virginia medical marijuana card is simply the patient identification card you will receive from the Board of Pharmacy once you've been registered as a medical marijuana patient in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

With your card, you will have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under Virginia's medical marijuana laws. Virginia Marijuana Card understands that medical marijuana laws can be confusing, and your primary care physician may not be prepared to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option for your condition.

Let Virginia Marijuana Card Help You Get Access to Virginia Dispensaries Today!

Virginia Marijuana Card eliminates the guesswork and stress from figuring out how to get a medical card in Virginia in 2022! Our friendly patient support specialists will carefully walk you through the entire process of getting your card, from answering your initial questions, to helping you get your medical records if necessary, to setting you up with follow-up appointments with your VA licensed MMJ doctor.

 

Give us a call today at (888) 663-5808 if you have any questions, or schedule an appointment for a Virginia medical marijuana evaluation online today! ​

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