Virginia’s first full plant medical cannabis processor has opened in Bristol. Dharma Pharmaceuticals is one of four medical cannabis processors allowed to open across the state. Dharma opened to provide both high CBD and high THC oil-based products. Three other processors are expected to open in Portsmouth, Richmond, and Manassas.
Lisa Smith, who lobbied for the new law, drove from Richmond to purchase the first dose for her daughter Haley, who suffers from the intractable seizure disorder Dravet Syndrome.
“There’s been so many people on this journey, it’s kind of surreal that it’s happening.” — Lisa Smith, via WJHL
Virginia was recently the 27th state to decriminalize up to an ounce of cannabis, and now is the 34th state to implement a full-plant medical cannabis system.
In Virginia, any diagnosed condition will qualify a patient for medical cannabis with a “practitioner’s signature.” Once certified, patients must register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to access medical cannabis from processors like Dharma Pharmaceuticals. Individual doses are limited to ten milligrams and flower is not allowed. Virginia is the latest state to pass medical cannabis rules but not allow for home cultivation.
In September, Virginia lawmakers advanced legislation to expunge cannabis criminal offenses that have been since been overruled or otherwise dismissed, such as under the state’s decriminalization law.
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Lukas is a freelance writer and medical cannabis activist who lives in Tacoma. When he’s not writing about cannabis or working to bring a better medical cannabis system to Washington, he likes to DJ, play adaptive sports and volunteer in his Tacoma community. He supports national legalization and the opening up of the medical cannabis market in all 50 states.