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Pharmaceutical Processors-Cannabis Oil

Request for Application

The Board of Pharmacy has issued the following Request for Application (RFA) to solicit applications for a permit to operate a pharmaceutical processor in Health Service Area (HSA) I.  As authorized in law, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy may award conditional approval for only one pharmaceutical processor in this health service area.  In order to be considered for selection, an Applicant must submit a complete Application for a Pharmaceutical Processor Permit for HSA I with required documentation and application fee in accordance with this RFA no later than December 4, 2020 at 2:00p.m. EST. Please review the RFA for specific application requirements.


Updates and General Overview regarding Allowances for Cannabis Oil.  Read more.


 SB1557 authorizes physician assistants and nurse practitioners to issue written certifications to patients beginning July 1, 2019. 


Cannabis Oil Registration Applications for Patients, Parents/Legal Guardians, Registered Agents and Practitioners Now Available

A patient, parent, legal guardian or registered agent may possess cannabis oil, as defined in §54.1-3408.3 of the Code of Virginia who has been issued a valid written certification from a Board of Pharmacy-registered practitioner and who maintains a current registration with the Board of Pharmacy. 

Before a practitioner can issue or continue issuing written certifications, he or she must register with the Board of Pharmacy. Learn More about Practitioner Registration.

A patient, parent or legal guardian must have a written certification issued to them by a registered practitioner prior to applying for registration with the Board of Pharmacy and possessing the oils. Learn More about Patient/Parent/Guardian Registration.

A patient, or the patient’s parent or legal guardian, may chose a registered agent to receive cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil on behalf of the patient. . Learn More about Registered Agent Registration.

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 cannabis 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 a maximum of 5 permits, one for each health service area established by the Board of Health. The Board issued conditional approval to five applicants in 2018. It is anticipated that cannabis oil products will be available from the pharmaceutical processors in Summer 2020. 

Additionally, the Board may issue or renew a maximum of 5 permits for cannabis dispensing facilities in each health service area.  The cannabis dispensing facility must be owned in part by the pharmaceutical processor permitted in that area.  Emergency regulations related to these facilities will tentatively become effective in January 2021.  Applications for permitting cannabis dispensing facilities may be accepted in 2021 after the emergency regulations become effective. 

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