Virginia's new medical marijuana law takes effect

Law expands use of cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill providing protection for those using medical marijuana into law.

HB1251 relates to the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil or THC-A oil for medicinal purposes.

The two oils can now be recommended to treat or alleviate symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by a practitioner that would benefit a patient.

Previously, they could only be recommended for those with intractable epilepsy.

Virginia NORML, a group working to reform marijuana laws, gave these steps to individuals who use the oils.

  • Print and fill out the official Certification for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Take it to your doctor and ask him or her to sign it
  • Keep the signed certificate with your oil at all times
  • Present the certificate if questioned by law enforcement
  • If your certificate is not accepted and you are charged with possession, call an attorney or ask for court-appointed counsel.
  • Present your signed certificate 10 days prior to trial as directed.