Virginia NORML August Newsletter

Virginia’s Medical Cannabis Registry is Open!


The registration process for Virginia physicians, patients and caregivers is now open. Patients and caregivers with affirmative defense certificates signed in the past 12 months may now register. The previously issued certificate is no longer available and is not sufficient for asserting an affirmative defense without registration. Patients who have not yet received a recommendation must now do so from a registered physician.

Share the Emerging Clinical Applications book with your physician and ask them to register today.


If you have been issued a written certification within the last 12 months, submit the online application for obtaining board registration. To assert the affirmative defense, an unexpired valid written certification issued from a board-registered physician and a current active patient registration issued by the Board of Pharmacy is necessary. Register here.


If you have been recently issued a written certification for a minor or incapacitated adult or within the last 12 months, submit the online applications for both a patient and the parent/guardian in the following order:

  1. The parent/guardian residing at the same address as the patient should first submit the patient registration application.
  2. The parent/guardian residing at the same address as the patient should submit the parent/guardian application.
  3. Any other parent/guardian who has also been issued a written certification and in need of obtaining board registration should submit the parent/guardian application to the board.

Each parent/guardian must obtain his or her own board registration. The online registration application is accessible on the Initial Applications site and may be renewed annually. Register here.


Before a physician can issue or continue issuing written certifications, they must register with the Board of Pharmacy. The annual registration fee is $50. The Board of Pharmacy will email the physician a link to the written certification form once the board issues the physician registration. Please allow 7-10 days for processing the registration application and receiving the email with the link to the written certification. Learn More about Physician registration.

Until facilities are operational, patients must still take extraordinary measures to obtain oils from out of state. Of course, marijuana remains federally illegal making transport of any cannabis product across any state line federally illegal. Check out the Virginia Medical Cannabis FAQs page or give us a call for more information.

Learn more at this month’s Virginia Medical Cannabis Information Sessions in Fredericksburg and Richmond


Our work expanding Virginia’s medical cannabis program is nowhere close to done. We need to eliminate or raise the THC cap, add additional products like flower and lozenges, and allow for more facilities. If you’re ready to make sure we have a robust program with greater selection and access, it’s time to chip in. Together, we made history this session. We can’t stop now. Keep Virginia NORML in front of legislators year round with your donation.


Virginia NORML August Events


Things are really heating up! Virginia NORML is celebrating the launch of our newest chapter, Winchester NORML. Join us Tuesday evening for food, fun and all the facts on marijuana reform and accessing medical cannabis in the Commonwealth.

There are so many ways to get involved with Virginia NORML this August! Take a look below at the events in your area.

Winchester NORML Kickoff Social
Tuesday, August 7, 6pm
Brewbaker’s Restaurant 23 E Monmouth St
Winchester, VA 22601
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

Virginia Medical Cannabis Information Session
Thursday, August 9, 6:30pm
Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg at Celebrate Virginia
1080 Hospitality Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

Roanoke Valley NORML August Meeting
Thursday, August 9, 7pm
The Haven on 5th
808 5th Street, SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

Virginia Medical Cannabis Information Session
Sunday, August 12, 12pm
Gather - Downtown
409 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation


Take Action


Senator Tim Kaine joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to introduce the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and to provide funding for the expungement of criminal records for those with past marijuana convictions.

“I’m cosponsoring a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level so states can make their own decisions about what’s best for them and their own local economies,” posted Senator Kaine on Facebook. “But that’s not all this is about: I believe this bill can help begin to address massive inequities in our criminal justice system and the over-incarceration of individuals – especially minorities – for low-level drug offenses. There’s been a long injustice of laws in this country that have disproportionately affected minority communities, and I’m hopeful our bill would help states correct that.“

Virginia NORML is thrilled that Senator Kaine has joined Virginia Congressmen Garrett and Taylor in calling for the end to federal marijuana prohibition. Senator Kaine is clearly listening to his constituents. He’s heard their stories, he’s seen the data, and now he’s taking action. Now, we need you to take action and ask Senator Mark Warner to support the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act.

Send your message of support now


Join the Revolution


Become a card carrying member of Virginia NORML today when you join for only $25!

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Interns and Volunteers Needed!


Calling all volunteers! Do you have a few hours to spare during the week? Virginia NORML needs your help in our Richmond office. Volunteers should have a laptop and experience working in an office environment. We’ll put you to work mailing membership packets, organizing inventory, drafting documents and researching information.

Fall internships available! If you are college student or recent graduate interested public policy, government relations or nonprofit management, kindly email your letter of interest and résumé to [email protected].

Virginia NORML’s work is supported by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth as we work to advance marijuana reform at both the state and federal level.


Kick in $25, $100 or $500 now to help us keep going strong!


Have a question for Virginia NORML? Want to host an event in your town? Drop us a line at [email protected], message us on Facebook or give us a call Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm at 804-464-7050.