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Frequently Asked Questions


What Conditions Qualify Me To Be Eligible For Medical Cannabis?


  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Anxiety

  • Arnold Chiari malformation

  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome

  • Cancer

  • Causalgia

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

  • Chronic pain

  • Complex regional pain syndrome

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Dystonia

  • Epilepsy

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Fibrous dysplasia

  • Glaucoma

  • Headaches-chronic, migraines

  • Hepatitis C


  • Hydrocephalus

  • Hydromyelia

  • Insomnia

  • Interstitial Cystitis

  • Intractable pain

  • Intractable spasticity

  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity

  • Lupus

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Myasthenia Gravis

  • Myoclonus

  • Nail-patella syndrome

  • Nausea

  • Neurofibromatosis

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Persistent muscle spasms

  • Post-surgical back pain with a condition called chronic radiculopathy

  • Post-laminectomy syndrome

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Seizures

  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms

  • Severe arthritis

  • Severe nausea

  • Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Sjogren’s syndrome

  • Spinal cord disease

  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)

  • Syringomyelia

  • Tarlov cysts

  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care

  • Tourette’s syndrome

  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Other medical conditions as determined by clinician


Can I Get A Medical Cannabis Card in Virginia?


Yes, patients may now apply to obtain registration from the Board of Pharmacy. Patients must have a written certification issued to them by a registered practitioner before applying for registration with the Pharmacy Board and possessing medical cannabis products. In addition to being issued a valid written certification from a Board of Pharmacy-registered provider, the patient must obtain registration from the Pharmacy Board. The card typically expires after 1 year requiring a follow-up with a practitioner to be eligible for another cannabis card. 

How Do I Register?


You must register with the Board of Pharmacy to assert the affirmative defense. What is Affirmative defense? Affirmative defense defeats or mitigates the legal consequences of the defendant’s otherwise unlawful conduct. While it will not be legal, technically, to possess medical cannabis products, a patient or their caregiver would be able to present their registration if they were stopped by law enforcement or in a court of law as their defense for possession of the medical cannabis. An unexpired valid written certification issued from a board-registered physician and a current active patient and/or caregiver registration issued by the Board of Pharmacy is necessary to assert the affirmative defense.         


Please visit the Board of Pharmacy website for further details and to complement an Initial Applications to begin. A  $50  fee is required for each application submitted. This is a separate fee from the medical certification fee.

How Do I Contact The Board Of Pharmacy?

(804) 527-4472
Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463 
For more detailed information specific to medical cannabis, go to  

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