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Covering the Age Gap: How Old do You Have to be to Get Medical Marijuana Vs. Adult-Use Marijuana
Old enough to vote, marry, go to war, and buy scratch-offs. Old enough to possess cannabis? Maybe not.
For my 18th birthday, I went to a corner convenience store and got a scratch-off lottery ticket that won two whole dollars. Since then, we have stepped into the modern era, and 2021 Virginia has more ways to celebrate adulthood now than we did in 19(ahem).
Any Virginian turning 18 this summer may be chomping at the bit to pick up some adult-use cannabis that is legal to possess starting today, July 1, 2021. But not so fast! If you want to legally get marijuana before you’re 21, you’re going to need to get a Virginia marijuana card.
Let’s take a look at what you can do to get access to cannabis dispensaries regardless of your age.
You Have to be 21 to Legally Have Adult-Use Cannabis in Virginia
Eighteen is such a strange, liminal age. You’re old enough to vote and go to war, old enough to buy lottery tickets, old enough to sign binding contracts (yes, this means that you can now sell your soul if you so desire). However, you still can’t drink alcohol, gamble, or possess adult-use marijuana.
The recent adult-use cannabis law in Virginia is definitely something to be excited about for people old enough to walk into a bar and order a peach mai tai with no hassle, but anyone between early adulthood and official adulthood is going to have to take that extra step of getting a Virginia marijuana card.
Getting a Virginia Marijuana Card Gives Patients Ages 18 - 20 Legal Access to Cannabis Dispensaries Now!
Fortunately, qualifying for a Virginia marijuana card is simple as long as you can find a healthcare professional who understands the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Virginia. The list of qualifying conditions is long, and doctors can also recommend medical marijuana for any condition they think would improve with cannabis.
At Virginia Marijuana Card, we make the process convenient and easy with our telehealth services. Evaluation appointments take less than a half hour, and we are available 6 days a week to answer your questions. Give us a call at (888) 633-5808, or schedule an appointment online today!
Cannabis Won’t be Legal to Purchase Until 2024, No Matter How Old You Are
As the adult-use cannabis law stands right now, dispensaries won’t be licensed to sell adult-use or recreational marijuana until 2024. This means that you cannot legally purchase cannabis anywhere in Virginia for another two and a half years (at least many who are 18 now will be 21 by then).
You might still be able to find cannabis on the illicit market, but why risk it when you can visit a Virginia dispensary or even have medical marijuana delivered right to your door? Virginia dispensaries are getting a wider variety of products on their shelves now that the state medical marijuana program is in full swing.
When you order online, you’ll find cannabis products for every preference, including edibles, tinctures, vape pens and cartridges, and topicals. Smokable flower is coming soon, so you’ll want to get your Virginia marijuana card ASAP in order to be first in line when it hits the shelves!
Anyone Under 18 Needs a Virginia Marijuana Card and a Registered Guardian to Access Virginia Dispensaries
Anyone who is under the age of 18 will need to get a Virginia marijuana card, and they need to register a parent or legal guardian as their caregiver. The list of qualifying conditions still applies, but doctors are going to use more caution and reservation when recommending medical marijuana for minors.
After getting all paperwork and registration in order, caregivers can get THC products that might help naturally alleviate symptoms.
Let Virginia Marijuana Card Help You Navigate the New Adult-Use Cannabis Laws in Virginia
Our team of highly-trained staff can help you understand everything you need to know about accessing marijuana in Virginia for 2021. Give us a call at (888) 633-5808 to get your questions answered, or simply schedule a private telehealth appointment online today!
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At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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