A pharmaceutical processor is a facility that has obtained a permit from the Board of Pharmacy pursuant to § 54.1-3408.3 to cultivate Cannabis plants for the production of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil, and dispense the oil to patients registered by the Board of Pharmacy for treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the physician to benefit from such use. As set forth in §54.1-3442.6 of the Code of Virginia, the Board may issue or renew in any year a maximum of 5 permits, one for each health service area established by the Board of Health. The application process for pharmaceutical processor permits will occur in three stages: submission of initial application, awarding of conditional approval, and granting of a pharmaceutical processor permit.
As of April 16, 2018, a Request for Application (RFA) process has opened for obtaining conditional approval for a pharmaceutical processor permit. For consideration, a complete application, required documentation, and the nonrefundable application fee of $10,000 must be received no later than 2pm on June 8, 2018. The RFA may be downloaded here.