How to Qualify for Virginia Marijuana Card
Virginia's medical marijuana law has been a long time in the making. In 2015 an original affirmative defense law was passed for intractable epilepsy. It wouldn't be until 2018 that the Virginia lawmakers would greatly expand upon that law, and on March 9, 2018 Gov. Ralph Northam signed HB 1251 which allows doctors to recommend CBD or THCA cannabis oil for any condition.
Effective July 1, 2019 with the passage of SB 1557 the program has been expanded to allow for the creation of a diverse range of cannabis products with varying degrees of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Patients that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Virginia will receive an "affirmative defense certificate," also referred to as a "patient registration certificate." The patient registration certificate ("card") can be used to provide an affirmative defense for possession as well as granting patients access to a pharmaceutical processor - the name Virginia has given medical marijuana dispensaries.
How to Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card in Virginia
In order to qualify for a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card so you can legally purchase medical marijuana from one of the dispensaries - once they are open - you must fulfill the following qualifications: Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition; Have the official written certification from a Virginia licensed physician; and Be a Virginia resident with proof of residency (VA Driver’s License or VA State ID card).
What Conditions Are Approved For Treatment with Medical Marijuana in Virginia?
To receive a medical marijuana card in Virginia, you have to be diagnosed by a licensed VA physician with a medical condition that a physician deems can benefit from medical marijuana treatment.
Following is a list of the some of the common qualifying conditions in other state programs:
• Hepatitis C
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
• Crohn’s Disease
• Huntington’s Disease
• Sickle Cell Anemia
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Cachexia and wasting syndrome.
• Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
• Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Tourette’s Syndrome
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Chronic Pain
3 Easy Steps
Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout Virginia!
Visit our office for your in-person evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your card via mail from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
How to Get Approved for a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card
If you have previously been diagnosed with a qualifying condition, or believe you currently suffer from one, you are most-likely eligible for a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card. The next step in the process is to find a compassionate Doctor to review your condition(s) and if appropriate, recommend marijuana as part of your treatment plan.
Although Virginia does not require physicians to register with the state or obtain certification to recommend Medical Marijuana, all of our Doctors have taken the time and made the effort to expand their current knowledge base to include the most recent research and studies through Continuing Medical Education coursework.
Once you've identified the Doctor you wish to see, you will need to schedule an in-person physical evaluation. At the appointment, you and your Medical Marijuana Doctor will likely discuss your condition, as well as your medical history. Please note, that it is always helpful for the doctor to have access to your medical records, if available.
If your Virginia Medical Marijuana Doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition, and believes medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment option, you will receive a signed certification from the Virginia Marijuana Doctor recommending medical marijuana and or medical marijuana products as part of your treatment plan. This signed recommendation will then be submitted to the Virginia Department of Health Professions along with a $50 registration fee.
The State will process both the recommendation and fee within 7-10 business days, you will be added to the patient registry and receive your Virginia Medical Marijuana Identification card via the mail. At Virginia Marijuana Card, we take care of submitting your application to the Virginia Department of Health Professions to make the process as easy as possible for you and will stick with you every step of the way until you have received your Virginia Medical Marijuana Card and beyond.
If you need guidance on where to find a dispensary or have questions about getting a replacement card or anything else, we are here for you!
At the appointment, you and your certified Marijuana Doctor will discuss your medical condition(s) and treatment history. It is helpful for your Virginia Marijuana Doctor if you can bring any relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. By bringing your medical records to the appointment, you significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a recommendation from the doctor during your appointment.
The doctor's signed recommendation, with the aid of our Physician support staff, will then be submitted to the Virginia Department of Health Professions. You will be responsible for the state’s $50 registration fee. Once you have paid your fee and the state has received your Marijuana Doctor’s certification, you will be entered into the patient registry. After your submission, you will receive your Virginia Medical Marijuana card in the mail.
What Information and Forms are Required When a Patient Applies for a Medical Marijuana ID card?
The following are required when submitting your application:
• The application form
• The completed Physician Written Certification
• Photocopy of your 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
• The nonrefundable $50 application fee.
How To Find A Medical Marijuana Doctor In Virginia
Patients across the State of Virginia are actively exploring how they can become a patient and access the dispensaries to obtain their Medical Marijuana. In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in Virginia, patients must first find a physician licensed by the State of Virginia, schedule an in-person evaluation, and be identified as having one or more of the qualifying conditions to receive a recommendation.
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting Your Office?
We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the Virginia Marijuana Doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments.
Why Get A Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
If you currently suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions, we strongly suggest that you initiate your treatment regimen under the supervision of a physician who has the training, compassion and belief in the medicinal qualities inherent in cannabis. At Virginia Marijuana Card, all of our Doctors are not only licensed under the State of Virginia but also have taken additional continuing medical education cannabis courses to ensure that they have critical and recent information related to the therapeutic benefits of Medical Marijuana.
We also believe that any Medical Marijuana products should be purchased from a Virginia licensed dispensary. The Virginia Department of Health and Senior Services supports the use of medical marijuana (in its various forms) as a low risk and successful method of treatment for any one or more of the qualifying conditions. With your Virginia Medical Marijuana card in hand, you'll be able to access all Virginia dispensaries and purchase Medical Marijuana. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries will carry many forms of Medical Marijuana in varying strengths and potency. You will be able to buy products such as tinctures, oils, creams, dry flower and plant material for vaporizers, as well as edibles.
Patient Product Confidence
Each licensed Virginia Dispensary will have a wide variety of Marijuana Flower (also known as ‘bud’) providing each Patient with the opportunity to obtain the perfect match of THC and CBD strength as well as blend of Indica and Sativa. Based on guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and Senior Services, beginning in January of 2020 and thereafter, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries will open across the State of Virginia. These dispensaries will carry all types of medical marijuana products, including edibles, oils, patches, and vapes. However, a patient is required to have a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card issued by the DHSS to gain access to any of Virginia’s world class dispensaries.
Your Virginia Marijuana Card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are registered with Virginia's Medical Marijuana Control, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume Medical Marijuana products.
Access To Other States
A Virginia Marijuana Card gets you access to all dispensaries located within the state. That's a given, but you might end up getting more value than you originally anticipated. Many states with medical marijuana laws already on the books offer reciprocity with their program. What this means is that your marijuana card from Virginia will allow you to purchase marijuana in states that have similar requirements.
I Have A Qualifying Medical Condition, Now How Do I Get Approved?
If you are currently living with one of the conditions listed above, then you are eligible for treatment with Medical Marijuana in Virginia. However, before you can walk into dispensaries and purchase Medical Marijuana, you will need an Virginia Medical Marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain one is through our services here at Virginia Marijuana Card.
What Is A Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
A Virginia Medical Marijuana card (referred to as an "affirmative defense" card) is simply the patient identification card that you will receive from the Board of Pharmacy once you've been registered as a Medical Marijuana patient in the state of Virginia. With your card in hand, you'll have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under the State's Medical Marijuana laws. The card itself will look similar to any other identification card you might have. It will have your picture on it, your address, and a unique patient identification number.
Virginia Marijuana Card understands that the Medical Marijuana laws in Virginia can be confusing, and that your primary care physician may not be prepared to discuss Medical Marijuana as a treatment option if you have a qualifying condition. That is why Virginia Marijuana Card removes the guesswork and stress from this process. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to submitting your recommendation to the Virginia Department of Health Professions and Senior Services after your appointment. Also, we have the most affordable pricing anywhere in the state of Virginia!
Please give us a call today if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment.