Marijuana plants grow inside the Propagation Room at gLeaf Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary selling a variety of cannabis products in Richmond.
BOB BROWN, Richmond Times-Dispatch file
A medical marijuana dispensary is possible in Danville, but don’t expect groups of recreational users to be hanging out trying to score weed there.
Such facilities, and the use, dispensing and purchase of their products, come with rules and regulations imposed by the state.
A person who wants to buy and use medical marijuana products must have certification from a medical practitioner registered with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy as a practitioner for cannabis oil, said Diane Powers, spokesperson with the board.
But before the patient gets certification, their practitioner, who could be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, must determine that the person could benefit from the use of cannabis.
The patient must then become registered with the state board of pharmacy, Powers said.
“After receiving a written certification from the prescriber, the patient must submit application to the board for a board registration,” Powers said. “Proof of identification and residency, a copy of the written certification form, along with the registration fee must be submitted to the board with the application.”
If the patient is a minor or an incapacitated adult, an application for the parent or other legal guardian must also be submitted, Powers said.
After getting registration, the patient can visit a dispensary and consult with a pharmacist to determine the appropriate cannabis oil product if the prescriber did not specify which. The patient can receive up to a 90-day supply, Powers said.
“The board registration is valid for one year and must be renewed annually to remain