There's never any need for an appointment to see a NuggMD medical marijuana doctor. Licensed physicians are available every day, including Sundays! You can reach NuggMD anytime between 8AM and 10PM.
Once approved, your doctor will send your medical marijuana recommendation to you via email within 24 to 48 hours. You can then log on to Virginia's Department of Health Professions initial Application site.
Our customer service agents respect your privacy and your time! They'll help you get through the process as quickly and smoothly as possible so you can get back to what's most important--getting better!
You'll receive a medical marijuana recommendation good for 1 year from your fully-licensed Virginia medical marijuana doctor. Renewing is easy too!
Your health records are always secure with NuggMD, and completely protected by Virginia state law and HIPAA
Once your physician approves you, she or he will send out your certification in PDF format within 24 to 48 hours via email.
All major credit cards are accepted at NuggMD and our payment processor is secure. Your card will only be charged if your certification is approved.
NuggMD has extended hours for your convenience. Our customer service team is available from 8AM till 10PM every day, including Sundays!
Our customer service agents are available to assist you with the entire Virginia state medical marijuana registration process, from evaluation to approval.
Update: An affirmative defense is no longer required in Virginia. Virginia medical marijuana patients can legally possess cannabis so long as they hold a valid written certification issued by a practitioner in the course of his professional practice pursuant to § 54.1-3408.3 for treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of (i) the person's diagnosed condition or disease.
Virginia's medical marijuana laws are changing rapidly. Updates will be posted as legalization progresses.
Virginia is one of the few states where cannabis is still illegal for all purposes. Possession of less than one ounce has been decriminalized with the maximum penalty being a $25 civil fine. But this does not decriminalize larger amounts or other cannabis crimes. While legislation was passed to allow cannabis products containing up to 10 mg THC per dose, this is not legalization per se. Instead, people who use and possess larger amounts of cannabis for medical use can present an affirmative defense for their possession if they meet the state's requirements.
Legislators are actively working on legalizing cannabis for recreational use, but under current plans, recreational cannabis wouldn't be legal till 2024, so you'll still need to register for that affirmative defense.
In order to present the affirmative defense, Virginia medical marijuana patients must:
1) Obtain a certification from a licensed Virginia physician
2) Register with the state as a medical marijuana patient
3) Keep these papers with their cannabis products at all times
4) Present the certification to law enforcement if questioned about possession
5) Call their attorney or ask for a court-appointed lawyer if they are charged anyway
6) Present their signed certification 10 days before their trial as instructed by the court
7) Keep their registration up-to-date with annual renewals of certification and registration
8) Follow the rules of Virginia's medical marijuana laws
9) Not possess any cannabis products that are not allowed (i.e. flower, foods or products containing concentrations higher than 10mg per dose)
As you can see, it's a little more complicated in Virginia, so it's a good idea to contact an attorney or Virginia's Board of Pharmacy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the new laws and contact an attorney if you have any concerns.
You'll need to get a written certification from your doctor before you apply to the state. If you already have a written certification that you have been using while waiting for the program to start, you can use this to apply, so long as it was issued within the last 12 months.
Once you have your certification, go to the Virginia Department of Health Professions Initial Applications page and follow the instructions for the application. You'll need to pay a $50 fee for your application, so be sure to have your payment method ready.
Once you've completed your online registration and the $50 fee payment, you're not done yet. You'll need to fax, email or mail the following documents to the department at:
Virginia Board of Pharmacy Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive,
Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233-1463
Fax: (804) 527-4472
Here is the list of documents that you'll need to send:
* The qualifying patient's birth certificate or other government-issued ID,
* The parent or legal guardian's government-issued ID if the patient is a minor,
* Proof of the qualifying patient's residency in Virginia either with government-issued ID or a tax receipt,
* A copy of the qualified patients physician certification.
The most common way to show this information is to send in a copy of the qualified patient's Driver's License or State ID and their physician certification. The other documents become necessary with the qualified patient does not have a Driver's License or State ID.
The state will then process your ID within about 7-10 days and mail your registration, if you're approved, to the mailing address provided on the application.
Virginia is part of the American Southeastern seaboard, and is bordered by Washington D.C., Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. With a population of 8.5 million, more than one third of the state lives in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Virginia Beach is the most populated city overall.
Virginia is one of the first 13 colonies and an original state following the American Revolution, and is the location for some of the most pivotal moments in America's revolutionary history.
Colonial Williamsburg has been preserved throughout history, with many buildings either still standing, or carefully reproduced on original foundations. Visitors come to see where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech, and where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed the colonial town's fine dining.
Virginia Beach features Ocean Breeze Water Park, because even though there's an entire ocean within walking distance, it's a little nippy most days. And the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum provides hours of fun for adults and children alike.
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An evaluation with NuggMD costs only $149, and you won't be charged if you don't qualify for medical marijuana treatment.
As of July 1, 2019, nurse practitioners jointly licensed by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing, physician assistants licensed by the Board of Medicine, and doctors of medicine and osteopathy can issue a written certification for cannabis use. However, they must register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy before they can begin issuing certifications. Virginia Norml keeps a list of doctors who are willing to certify patients for cannabis use here. The page also provides instructions for searching Virginia's state database for eligible doctors.
No, this decision is up to the doctor. Currently, the law allows practitioners to issue written certifications for cannabis to “alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use.”
Your card is good for one year and must be renewed annually to continue with the program.
"You'll receive a full refund within 30 days if you haven't received the Certification for the use of Cannabis Oil form. Simply send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “refund request.” Please include a brief description of your issue in the body of the email. NuggMD wants to be sure that you're 100% satisfied with your service, since you, the customer, are the most important part of our business. Once you're refunded, we are legally required to deactivate your medical certificate with the state. Once the refund has been initiated, please allow 3-5 business days for the funds to transfer back to the card you used for the transaction. If any issues arise, please feel free to reach out to customer support for further assistance."
Recreational marijuana is not legal yet, but medical marijuana is. A patient can legally possess cannabis so long as they're a properly registered patient following program rules.
The application fee is $50, and the fee is not refundable if you're not approved. The registration fee for a parent or guardian is $25.
* Your doctor's certification
* Proof of residency
* Proof of identity
* Proof of age
* Proof of parent or guardian's certification, residency, identity and age if the patient is a minor under 18.
You can't buy any cannabis products in Virginia yet, but there will be five manufacturers in the state soon. Those five are MedMen, Dalitso, Dharma Pharmaceuticals, Green Leaf Medical of Virginia and Columbia Care.
Virginia doesn't allow food products or flower, but it will allow suppositories, patches, gels, lozenges, oils, creams, sprays, tinctures and capsules.
Family doctors are often not willing to talk about medical cannabis as a viable treatment option. This isn't because they don't care. Many of them just don't know enough about recent medical marijuana research and the potential benefits of cannabis for certain conditions. This isn't really something they teach about in medical schools, yet. Most medical schools won't even teach much about the endocannabinoid system. (This is the group of nerves and receptors that respond to cannabinoids.)
NuggMD's physicians are well-versed in recent cannabis research and are proud to help ease access to cannabis for those who need it. They are fully licensed in the state for which they are evaluating patients, and are always happy to share their knowledge with their patients. So don't be afraid to ask your doctor plenty of questions!
When you see your doctor through NuggMD, you won't have to wait in a crowded waiting room. You can go through the entire process, from evaluation to state registration from the comfort and privacy of home. And your medical records are always protected by HIPAA and state law.