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Medical Cannabis: Here is how you can register to use it in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed legislation saying that no person may be arrested, prosecuted or denied any right or privilege for participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

With approval on the expansion of the medical marijuana program in Virginia, there will be a total of five processor plants located around the Commonwealth.

To access medical cannabis in Virginia, patients have to register so here are some steps to help you out with the process.

In Virginia, you can qualify for treatment with any diagnosed condition, as long as your medical provider thinks you can benefit from it. If your provider recommends you to use medical cannabis, you can become registered.

What conditions can be treated?

Since you don’t have to have a qualifying condition in Virginia, talk to your provider about your symptoms to see if medical cannabis is right for you.

According to Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition (VMCC), the conditions below are qualifying ailments in other states. Hopefully, this gives you an idea of what conditions might benefit from it.

Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease • ALS • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease • Anxiety • Arnold-Chiari malformation • Arthritis • Autism • Cachexia (wasting syndrome) • Cancer • Causalgia • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy • Chronic pain • Crohn’s disease • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II) • Cancer • Dystonia • Fibrous dysplasia • Fibromyalgia • Glaucoma • Hepatitis C • Hydrocephalus • Hydromyelia • Insomnia • Interstitial cystitis • Lupus • Migraines • Multiple sclerosis • Muscular dystrophy • Myasthenia gravis • Myoclonus • Nail-patella syndrome • Neurofibromatosis • Parkinson’s disease • Peripheral neuropathy • Post-concussion syndrome • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy • Residual limb pain • Rheumatoid arthritis • Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy) • Severe or persistent muscle spasms • Severe Nausea • Sickle Cell Anemia • Sjogren’s syndrome • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis) • Spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity • Spinocerebellar ataxia • Symptoms from AIDS/HIV • Syringomyelia • Tarlov cysts • Terminal illness with life expectancy of less than one year • Tourette syndrome • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Finding a practitioner

Medical providers have to become registered to make the recommendations too, so not all practitioners can recommend the treatment. You can find out if your practitioner is registered in the state, HERE.

If your medical provider isn’t registered, VMCC says you can ask them if they will consider becoming registered to recommend the treatment or you can schedule an appointment with someone already on the list.

After you meet with a registered practitioner and they recommend you for treatment with a written certification, you can begin registering yourself.

Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed legislation saying that no person may be arrested, prosecuted or denied any right or privilege for participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

VA Marijuana Qualifications

Updated on June 15, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

2019 Update: Virginia has formally passed SB1719 which expands upon House Bill 1251. Please see Recent Legislation Changes for the complete update.

Qualifications for Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Program

Currently, symptoms from any condition or disease a licensed Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant, currently registered with the VA Board of Pharmacy, that would benefit from THC-A or CBD qualifies for written certification. Thanks to the provisions outlined in §18.2-250.1 and in §54.1-3408.3, patients with a debilitating medical condition can now pursue treatment using THC-A or CBD after receiving a written certification from their practitioner.

The legislation leaves it in the hands of the healthcare practitioner to decide whether the patient should receive medical marijuana treatments. The only preface is that THC-A or CBD must only be used to alleviate the symptoms of a diagnosed disease or condition. As a result, the new Virginia medical marijuana laws offer a broad acceptance policy.

Learn more about the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Virginia today!