Virginia Medical Marijuana Use Registry. What is it?

    Virginia Medical Marijuana Laws
    Virginia Department of Health Professionals
    Virginia Board of Pharmacy

    You must be certified by a Board of Pharmacy-registered practitioner to be able to possess medical cannabis. A practitioner must register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to be able to issue written certification. National Medical Marijuana Card Services makes the process of finding a MJ doctor easier by providing a searchable list of certified cannabis doctors in your area. Many MJ practitioners offer telemedicine, so you may want to ask your selected certified physician if this is an option.




  • Any condition as recommended by a practitioner
  • Alzheimer's disease-related agitation
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer or other conditions that cause severe nausea
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy or other conditions that cause seizures
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS or other conditions that cause cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Huntington's disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis or other conditions that cause "severe and persistent muscle spasms"
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal cord injury or other conditions that cause severe pain
  • Any condition requiring hospice care


Yes, provisions in the law permit those age 21 and over to possess up to one ounce in public


For personal use, those age 21 and over to cultivate up to four plants per household at their primary place of residence.



    Virginia Medical Marijuana Card - How to apply and get one!

    After being certified by a Virginia Board of Pharmacy-registered doctor, you must apply for registry to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. As part of the application process, you must provide a copy of the written certification issued by your registered practitioner, proof of Virginia residency, such as a tax receipt and a government-issued identification card, proof of identity, and a current Virginia driver’s license, to name a few. The online application to register can be found on the Virginia Department of Health Professionals’ Initial Applications site, and the registration must be renewed annually on another. Please note there is a registration fee. Caregivers, parents, legal guardians of minor patients and incapacitated patients must be issued a written certification and board certification to possess THC-A and CBD Oils. It will take 7 to 10 days for processing the registration application after received by the board. The MJ registration card will be mailed to the address recorded on your application.

    Find a licensed marijuana doctor nearby to get your recommendation for a medical marijuana card.

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    Indica vs Sativa, THC vs CBD. What are my options?

    In Virginia, current law restricts the use of CBD oil and THC-A oil to a Virginia Board of Pharmacy-registered MMJ patient, registered caregivers, parents, and legal guardians. Currently, Virginia law provides for an affirmative defense for qualified individuals to possess cannabidiol or THC-A oil as defined in Virginia Code. An affirmative defense to a criminal charge or civil lawsuit is a set of facts or a fact other than those alleged by the plaintiff which, if proven by the defendant with evidence, mitigates or defeats the legal consequences of a defendant’s otherwise unlawful conduct. You must have an unexpired valid written MJ certification from a board-registered practitioner and a current active MJ patient registration issued by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to assert the affirmative action defense, among other things.

    Find Virginia Medical Marijuana Use Registry User Information and Instructional Guides. These include general FAQs, steps to take to participate in the Virginia MMJ program as a patient, and registration and MMJ card renewal information.

    Virginia Board of Pharmacy - Medical Cannabis