Virginia Medical Marijuana Market
Virginia Legislature expands medical marijuana program
As of late February 2021, Virginia is poised to become the first Southern state to approve adult-use cannabis. The state legislature approved a measure that would begin sales in 2024. Governor Northan has championed adult-use legalization and is expected to sign the bill.
On March 9, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam signed HB 1251 – also known as the #LetDoctorsDecide measure – into law. Now, doctors in Virginia can decide appropriate treatments on a case-by-case basis for any diagnosed medical condition.
Virginia was the first state to expand a hyper-restrictive medical marijuana program from a single qualifying condition to any diagnosed condition.
In 2019, three new laws took effect that expand the medical marijuana program in Virginia even more. Products, doctor definitions, caregivers or “registered agents”, and administration to student patients at schools are addressed in a continuing effort by the legislature to ensure access to medical marijuana by those who need it most.
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Cannabis Business Guidance in Virginia
Virginia still has a pretty limited medical marijuana program in which licensing is highly competitive. We can help you sort through the regulations, educate you on the market conditions and opportunities, and prepare your business for future licensing rounds as the state makes them available. Early preparation and industry education are essential in any competitive cannabis market, so starting early is your best chance of submitting a winning application. Contact our consultants today for opportunity assessments and hourly learning sessions with our Subject Matter Experts.
Market Conditions in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Health Professions issued a Request for Applications to operate a pharmaceutical processor in 2018. These processors are able to cultivate cannabis for the production and/or dispensing of CBD oil or THC-A oil. Pharmaceutical processor winners were announced in September of 2018.
Three bills were passed in 2019 that expand the state's program even more:
New Products and Additional Healthcare Practitioners
New legislation allows a variety of product formulations instead of just oils, like capsules, suppositories, lozenges, topicals, and lollipops, each with up to 10 milligrams of THC. In addition, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are now permitted to issue medical marijuana written certifications once they are registered with the Board of Pharmacy.
Administering Medical Marijuana in Schools
Additional legislation benefits children who are registered medical marijuana patients, allowing them to receive their medicine from their school's healthcare practitioner. Virginia is the fourth state to allow medical marijuana to be administered to student registered patients.
Registered Agents Pickup and/or Delivery Authorization
A third bill makes it legal for "registered agents" of patients to pick up or receive medical marijuana for that patient. This addresses the issue of patient access for those who are physically unable to get their medicine, such as those who have home healthcare providers, or those living in hospice and assisted living facilities.
Stay up-to-date on medical marijuana in Virginia
Cannabis legalization is changing rapidly, and our cannabis consultants can help develop your cannabis business from the ground up. For the latest news and events in the industry, visit our Blog and News and Events pages, and have a look at some of the following top articles on medical marijuana in Virginia.