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Virginians can get prescriptions for CBD and THC-A oils now that Governor Northam has signed a new medicinal marijuana bill into law.

Last week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed House Bill 1251 into law, officially opening the door for patients in Virginia to be prescribed cannabidiol or THC-A oil.

The substance is derived from marijuana or hemp plants. When refined, these oils typically do not produce the same effects as marijuana. Most notably, cannabidiol oil does not produce a high. But the drug has been shown combat symptoms for a wide range of illnesses, everything from anxiety disorders to seizure disorders — like epilepsy.

While research has long shown the medicinal utility of these cannabis oils, Virginia law lagged behind the science. State law used to only allow CBD oil to be prescribed to treat patients with intractable epilepsy. Doctors were prohibited from prescribing the hemp oil for any other diseases, illnesses, or ailments.

With the enactment of HB 1251, cannabidiol or THC-A oils are now approved treatments. Doctors now have the discretion prescribe the oils “for the treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use.” The legislation also increases the dosage that pharmacists are allowed to fill. Instead of being limited to filling a 30-day supply, patients can now receive a 90-day supply of the drug.

If you believe that CBD or THC-A oil would help you with one of your ailments, you should print out this certification form and bring it into your doctor. If approved for this treatment, it is imperative that you keep a copy of the signed authorization form on you whenever you are in possession of the drug.

The passage of this legislation was celebrated by marijuana reform advocates as a major victory in a year that brought multiple other setbacks. Other efforts to decriminalize recreational marijuana failed in the Virginia legislature in recent months.

Click here to read more about the stalled effort to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia.

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