In late 2018, Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy awarded five cannabis processing licenses and now three of the recipients are expected to begin dispensing cannabis products within the next two months. The state initially defined practitioners as doctors or osteopaths, but it allowed physician assistants and nurse practitioners to begin issuing written cannabis certifications in 2019. The state cannabis program remains rather narrow at the onset but, it should expand in the years ahead. Also, the state’s legislative support toward cannabis research indicates Virginia could legalize adult-use within two years. In March, the House and Senate approved legislation that created the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that will “how Virginia should go about legalizing and regulating the growth, sale, and possession of marijuana by 2022”.

– New Cannabis Ventures, 07/13/2020 11:23:11 AM

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