First, although cannabis is legal to possess as of July 1, 2021, medical cannabis dispensaries are the only locations available to buy cannabis until 2024.
Second, by purchasing cannabis with your medical cannabis card you will not have to pay the 21% retail sales tax.
Third, by having a medical cannabis certification you are granted certain rights and protections under the law. "No employer shall discharge, discipline, or discriminate against an employee for such employee's lawful use of cannabis oil pursuant to a valid written certification issued by a practitioner for the treatment or to eliminate the symptoms of the employee's diagnosed condition or disease pursuant to § 54.1-3408.3." See Virginia law.
If you have a treatable condition and you have paid your evaluation fee, you will receive your certification no later than an hour after your visit.
On April 7, 2021, Virginia became the first state in the South to begin the process of legalizing adult-use cannabis. HB2312 (Herring) and SB1406 (Ebbin; Lucas), introduced by Governor Northam and passed by the 2021 General Assembly, prioritize social equity, public health and public safety and lay out a three year process to legalize cannabis and create a regulatory framework for the sale of the product.
These changes began on July 1, 2021 with the authorization of a new state authority to regulate the industry and with the legalization of simple possession and home cultivation for adults 21 years and over. Following reenactment by the 2022 General Assembly, the Cannabis Control Authority, advised by a Health Advisory Council, will complete regulations, implement a social equity program, and issue business licenses. On January 1, 2024, assuming reenactment, legal sales to adults 21 and older can begin.
For more information, visit the Commonwealth of Virginia's Cannabis in Virginia site.
Dispensaries located in Virginia:
Dispensaries located in Washington, DC:
Washington, D.C. has reciprocity with Virginia cannabis cards however it is still illegal to cross state lines with marijuana therefore you do this at your own risk.