In early 2020, Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia, signed a piece of legislation into law that decriminalized marijuana possession to a certain extent. Approximately a year later, the Virginia state legislature fully legalized recreational marijuana, with an implementation date of 2024. However, some of the provisions in the bill were moved up to 2021. This is thanks to an amendment proposed by Governor Northam and several legislators who felt it would be wrong to continue arrests for cannabis possession just because it would take a few years for sales to start.
Recreational consumers will be free to grow their own cannabis or receive it as a gift once the new law goes into effect in July, but medical marijuana patients already have access to cannabis dispensaries. So, until 2024 rolls around, getting certified for medical marijuana in Virginia may be the best option for those who qualify. Patients are required to obtain an MMJ recommendation before they can apply with the state. Fortunately, it only costs $149 to see a Virginia medical marijuana doctor with NuggMD!
Why can't Virginia residents purchase recreational marijuana if it's legal?
Technically, recreational marijuana isn't legal until July of 2021. When it is, Virginia residents are free to cultivate their own plants and gift small amounts of cannabis to others. Sales are still illegal.
The state won't be handing out recreational marijuana dispensary licenses till 2024. Some legislators are moving to push up this deadline, but there are a lot of issues to work out for the licensing process. As it stands now, the only way to legally buy marijuana in Virginia is with an MMJ card. This will likely be the case for a couple of years as legislators work out licensing requirements.
How to get a Virginia MMJ recommendation using NuggMD
If you're not looking to wait until July 2021 (and 2024 for recreational sales) for cannabis access, you can become an MMJ patient if you qualify. Qualifying Virginia residents can easily get their recommendation from the comfort of home using the NuggMD telemedicine platform.
It's actually a very simple process:
1. Create your account on NuggMD.com/Virginia
2. Record your name, age, and address in your profile
3. Upload files from your medical history (as thorough as possible)
4. Provide payment information
5. Relax momentarily in the NuggMD virtual waiting room
6. The physician will see you as soon as they have a chance to review your chart
7. If approved, your doctor will send your recommendation via email
Every NuggMD MMJ evaluation is conducted through their award-winning telehealth platform. NuggMD recommendations are dispensed by state-licensed practitioners who connect in real-time with their patients. Each practitioner on the NuggMD platform is fully licensed by the state in which they operate and have received all the necessary training, certifications, and authorizations required to recommend MMJ.
Once your evaluating physician has approved you for medicinal cannabis use, you'll receive your MMJ recommendation in your email. The email will also include detailed instructions for registering with the Virginia MMJ program. If need be, patients can always contact NuggMD's customer service team for more assistance.
Nugg MD provides this service for just $149. And if you're not approved, the evaluation is free, so there's no risk!
Who can legally cultivate marijuana in Virginia
At-home marijuana cultivation will become legal in Virginia as of July 2021. However, residents must comply with the following conditions:
- Must be at least 21 or older
- The number of plants is limited to 4 per household
- Cultivation cannot take place outside the primary place of residence
- Cannabis plants cannot be visible from public places
- No minor can have access to these plants
- All four plants must have a tag attached with the following info:
- The name of the person cultivating them
- The driver's license or ID number of the cultivator
- A statement ensuring the plants are being grown for personal use
Also, please remember that the legalization of cannabis cultivation does not include the manufacturing of marijuana concentrates. This remains a serious criminal offense in Virginia.
Why it's still a good idea to become a Virginia MMJ patient
After July 1st, when recreational legalization finally goes into effect, all Virginia adults will be authorized to possess up to 28.3 grams, or 1 ounce, of marijuana without a medical card. While Virginians can't sell any cannabis they grow, they will be permitted to give gifts of marijuana to other residents so long as it is a true gift; no transaction of any kind can take place. Virginians will face serious criminal charges if they're caught illegally selling cannabis. So, unless you have a green thumb or know a generous person who does, legally accessing cannabis will be tough for a few years.
But, medical marijuana has already been legalized, of course. The state saw its first dispensaries open up shop in the summer of 2020. And that's where NuggMD comes in. Thanks to the NuggMD telemedicine software, Virginians can now receive their MMJ certifications from their very own homes. Best yet, NuggMD is available 8AM to 10PM every day of the week--no appointments necessary! It's never been easier to access a cannabis doctor from the comfort of home, so why wait?
NuggMD is the nation's leading medical marijuana technology platform, serving patients in California, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and Virginia. They have connected over 700,000 patients with their new medical marijuana doctors face-to-face via their state-of-the-art telemedicine platform. They believe that every human being has the right to explore the benefits of medical cannabis and are fully committed to helping each patient explore all of their options in their journey to wellness. For further information, visit NuggMD.com/Virginia.