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Virginia’s Marijuana Laws and the Latest Amendment

Marijuana Legalization

Legalizing or illegalizing cannabis, also known as marijuana, has always been a bone of contention and the governments are dubious about the probable repercussions of legalizing it.

Although cannabis carries numerous health-related benefits from its medicinal properties, anything that can have even the slightest probability of being addictive comes under the radar of the state and federal authorities. As good public health is a paramount concern for the government, getting due approvals for consuming marijuana is not always an easy process.

Over half the states in the US have legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes, including Virginia. If you are suffering from any physical or psychological condition, like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, autoimmune or inflammatory bowel disease, you can find relief from marijuana as an alternative. By following your state’s cannabis guidelines, you will be able to gain access to medical and recreational dispensaries in your state.

What Is the Recent Amendment?

The recent bill signed into law by Governor Youngkin will lift the obligation to get approval from the state's board of pharmacy for a medical marijuana license. However, the individuals will still need permission from a registered medical practitioner.

The amendment will come into effect on July 1, 2022, and let the patients buy cannabis from dispensaries directly through a registered practitioner's prescription. In other words, the patients won't have to wait months to register with the state's board of pharmacy and get the approval.

Now, cannabis for recreational and medical purposes will become more accessible and convenient.

What Is the Current Procedure for Medical Marijuana?

You can obtain a written certification to gain access to a medical cannabis dispensary in three easy steps.

1. Find a medical cannabis certifying provider who will evaluate your health concerns to decide if medical marijuana is an option for you.

2. Once approved, the certifying medical provider will provide you with a written certification that is valid for up to a full calendar year to take to the dispensary.

3. Take your written certification to any local dispensary in Virginia to purchase medical marijuana products.

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