Cannabis vape products have been facing intense nationwide scrutiny as more and more reports emerge about lung injuries and deaths. As Virginia prepares to open its first medical cannabis dispensary, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether marijuana vape products would be permitted for sale. As it turns out, yes they will—but with one important regulation intended to protect patients from lung illnesses. Vitamin E acetate will be strictly forbidden as an ingredient.
Twenty-three years ago, California became the first state to implement a medical marijuana program. The move was controversial and became the subject of nationwide debate, but in the years since Prop 215 was passed, attitudes about cannabis use—and especially medicinal cannabis use—have become much more progressive. Today, 33 states allow medicinal and/or recreational use, and support for medicinal marijuana is becoming almost unanimous.
Medical marijuana is now open to patients in Virginia – with a few important caveats. On March 21st, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam approved SB 1557, the latest in an ongoing series of marijuana usage protections for medical patients. Virginia’s medical cannabis program is a bit more complex than that of other states, and there are a few important things that every prospective patient should know.
Virginia residents are now able to receive medicinal cannabis thanks to a series of legislative actions including HB 1251 and more recently SB 1557. Qualifying patients can receive their Virginia medical marijuana card by obtaining a doctor’s written certification and then registering with the Board of Pharmacy. But in spite of this, there’s still a lot of confusion: Is medical marijuana legal in Virginia?