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RECOMMENDING CANNABIS IN VIRGINIA
In order to complete a written certification in Virginia, you must be a physician who is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. A practitioner of medicine or osteopathy, or a physician assistant, licensed by the Board of Medicine, or a nurse practitioner jointly licensed by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing. Before a practitioner can issue or continue issuing written certifications, he or she must register with the Board of Pharmacy. The initial registration fee is $50 and the annual renewal fee is $50. Patient assessments may be conducted with the use of telemedicine providing the delivery of patient care is done through real-time interactive audio-visual technology.
More information for practitioners can be found here.
Eligible Medical Conditions:
Any patient or, if such patient is a minor or an vulnerable adult may use medical cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use including:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Medical professionals have a legal right to recommend cannabis as a treatment in any state, as protected by the First Amendment. Established by a 2004 United States Supreme Court decision to uphold earlier federal court rulings that found doctors and their patients have a fundamental Constitutional right to freely discuss treatment options.
More resources for medical professionals can be found here.
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