Virginia

Virginia

32,950
Registered Patient Population
0.39%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
5
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
6,590 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults over 21 in Virginia. Any adult may grow up to four plants at home. Patients and caregivers in Virginia are allowed to purchase up to 4 ounces every 30 days. Patients in Virginia report high prices and scarce retailers as their primary barriers to access. Virginia does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards.

 

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 70/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 20/20
Parental Rights Protections 0/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 20/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 25/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 0/20
- Authorizes Delivery 0/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 0/10
Personal Cultivation 15/15
Collective Gardening 0/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 0/30
Reciprocity 0/20
Program Functionality 67/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 20/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 6/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 8/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 15/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 0/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 0/5
- Background Checks 0/2
- Number of Caregivers 0/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 5/5
Access to Administration Methods 8/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 3/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 5/5
Affordability 55/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 20/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 15/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 0/10
Health and Social Equity 44/100   
State Program Protections 25/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 9/10
Access in Underserved Areas 0/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 10/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 0/10
Organ Transplants 0/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 113/200   
Total 26/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 10/10
Standard Operating Procedures 3/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 1/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 7/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 1/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 2/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 1/1
- Pesticides 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 3/7
Total 24/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 10/10
Standard Operating Procedures 3/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 6/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 0/1
Packaging and Labeling 2/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 1/1
- Ingredients 0/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 3/5
Total 30/50
Staff Training 10/20
Standard Operating Procedures 3/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 0/1
Product Testing 10/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 5/5
- COA Disclosure 5/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 7/13
Total 33/50
Independent or Third-Party 5/5
Laboratory Sampling 0/5
Method Validation 4/4
Quality Management Systems 5/5
Staff Training 10/20
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Result Reporting 2/4
Score Penalties 28/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 20/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 5/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 0/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 3/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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