RICHMOND, Va. — Whereas tobacco has lengthy been Virginia’s money crop of selection, the creation of 5 medical cannabis processing amenities and dispensaries throughout the state will mark the emergence of a brand new sort of profitable plant.

The framework of Virginia’s state-regulated medical cannabis trade was established in a slew of payments through the 2018 and 2019 Basic Meeting classes, together with SB 1557, which took impact on July 1.

The 5 processing and dishing out amenities will allow Virginians to entry therapeutic energy, Board of Pharmacy regulated cannabis merchandise after receiving approval by a licensed physician, physicians assistant or nurse practitioner.

The drug shouldn’t be prescribed within the Commonwealth as a result of marijuana stays unlawful on a federal degree.

As a substitute, Virginia created an “affirmative protection” which protects sufferers from legal prices for possessing CDB and THC-A oil.

To invoke the protection, sufferers should meet with a Board of Pharmacy registered well being care supplier, obtain a written certification to be used, after which register with the Board.

Sufferers will then obtain an affirmative protection card which allows them to legally purchase, carry and eat regulated, medical-grade cannabis merchandise bought from one of many state’s 5 dispensaries.

The 5 amenities, one for every of the state’s well being service areas, permit every firm to deal with all the manufacturing course of for his or her given jurisdiction – from rising marijuana and extracting the CBD, THC, and THC-A oils to working the dispensary storefronts that they promote by way of.

Inexperienced Leaf Medical Hashish will serve “Well being Service Space 4”, which encompasses 27 counties together with Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights.

The corporate is a multi-state operator at present cultivating and dishing out medical cannabis in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

In March, Inexperienced Leaf filed plans with town to start constructing their oil processing facility in South Richmond at 2804 Decatur St. close to the Clopton Siteworks improvement within the Swansboro neighborhood. [Read More @ WTVR]