Virginia Welcomes New CBD and THC-A Oil Dispensaries In 2019

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Virginia is moving forward to accept CBD and CBD products. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has given a green light to five CBD companies and dispensaries to open in various places in the state. These dispensaries are slated to provide CBD and THC-A oils to patients with a doctor’s recommendation. They will start its operations by the end of 2019.

The stores will be found in health service areas (HSAs) like Staunton, Manassas, Bristol, Richmond, and Portsmouth. CBD companies allowed to operate in these places include PharmaCann, Dalitso, Dharma Pharmaceuticals, Grean Leaf Medical, and Columbia Care.

No schedule for the opening of these key places has been announced yet. The government, meanwhile, has given a vague hint that it will happen during winter this year.

“Under the terms of their conditional approval, they all have to be open by the end of 2019,” Diane Powers, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Health Professions said. She further said that these dispensaries can open at any time convenient for them and are not regulated to operate on any other specific timeline.

The dispensaries come as a big relief for patients who suffer from a range of health problems provided that medical practitioners will issue them a certificate for CBD or THC-A. There is also a specific rule that dispensaries are only allowed to supply these substances up to 90 days at a time.

Virginia has a liberal stance towards marijuana, CBD and hemp products. Despite limitations and vagueness in terms of using cannabis, Virginia has made considerable progress in terms of the distribution and legalization of certain CBD products.

As a rule, Virginia lawmakers would limit the use of medical marijuana among people diagnosed with an intractable form of epilepsy. Patients interested to try medical marijuana would present documents proving that their condition did not improve even after taking at least two types of conventional medicine or treatment, and thus they need to try using CBD products and its derivatives as an alternative solution.

Also, Virginia strictly follows rules regulating that THC levels should not be more than 5% while each product should have at least 15% CBD. With House Bill 1251 and Senate Bill 726, Virginia has further developed its medical marijuana program with the addition of more qualifying medical conditions that can be treated with CBD oil and medical marijuana.

The state is more open to hemp and its derivatives in accordance with the Farm Bill 2014 which supports industrial hemp and its cultivation, farming, processing, and distribution. The state supports hemp-based derivatives like hemp edibles, pills, tinctures, lotions, creams, ointments, wax, oils and other topical products.

In terms of CBD oil, VA only allows patients diagnosed with a specific type of epilepsy to use CBD oil. It should also be noted that the US Food and Drug Administration only approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug to cure a certain type of epilepsy. 

All these years, Virginians have shown their support for the full decriminaliation of marijuana. In 2018, medical cannabis oils were recommended to patients by doctors. CBD dispensaries are also gaining entry with the state accepting applications last year. To receive a license, a dispensary must pay  $10,000 application fee and $60,000 permit fee. To maintain their license, they must pay an additional fee of $10,000.

Because CBD products have not received any legal permit from the FDA, doctors cannot ‘prescribe’ it, but can only issue written certifications without using a DEA-numbered prescription pad. The number of doctors who can do this is also limited granted that they register in the state’s physician registry at the Board of Pharmacy. Also, they are only allowed to make a certain number of certifications per year.