On Friday, a new law went into effect in Virginia that makes it easier for patients to access the medical cannabis program.
“The Virginia NORML website is used to find a list of medical providers who will write these certifications and come into one of the dispensaries all across the state to talk to a pharmacist and find what medical cannabis option works best for you,” said Ngiste Abebe, the Vice President of Public Policy at Columbia Care.
Patients will now only need to show their certificate and an ID in order to get access to their medication needs that same day.
The Medical Cannabis Coalition says that the top three uses for medical marijuana are to manage pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
“A huge portion of cannabis consumers, even on the so-called recreational side, are actually consuming for health or wellness reasons,” Abebe said.
Although its products are derived from hemp, a different species than marijuana that has similar effects, a local dispensary is still affected by this new law.
“It’s going to affect us. I know with ours, we are going to have to stop selling some of our top sellers, which are our Delta 8 edibles,” said Mary Eastham, the Human Resource