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Written Certificate for Medical Cannabis May Now Be Provided

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

As of July 1, 2022 Medical Marijuana Cards are no longer required in Virginia.

A patient, parent, legal guardian or registered agent may possess medical cannabis 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. Dr Kotecha is a registered practitioner who can provide you with a written certifications. The most common ophthalmologic diagnosis that qualifies for obtaining and possessing medical marijuana is glaucoma. In 2003, the American Academy of Ophthalmology released a position statement which said, “Some derivatives of marijuana did result in lowering of IOP when administered orally, intravenously or by smoking, but not when topically applied to the eye.”

Patients, if you have been issued a written certification for medical cannabis pursuant to §54.1-3408.3, submit the online application for obtaining board registration. Medical cannabis can only be dispensed if the patient has an unexpired valid written certification issued from a board-registered practitioner. The online registration application is accessible on our Initial Applications site and must be renewed annually.

Medical marijuana may be obtained from an authorized dispensary. The closest dispensary to our office is:

2701 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22201 (571) 895-7005 Monday-Saturday 10AM-8PM Sunday 10AM-6PM

Please note that in order to obtain a written certificate for medical cannabis, you must first have a qualifying exam with Dr. Kotecha so that she may verify your ocular diagnosis and complete your certificate. Out of pocket fees for certificate completion may apply.

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