Virginia Governor Signs CBD and THC-A Oil Bill Into Law

Legislation to allow anyone with a doctor’s recommendation to purchase, possess and use CBD and THC-A oil for  medical use has been signed into law by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Governor Northam signing House Bill 1251 into law comes less than a month after it was passed unanimously by the state’s Senate, 40 to 0. A couple weeks prior, the House of Representatives approved the measure 98 to 0.

The new law; “Provides that a practitioner may issue a written certification for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use.” Current law states that “a practitioner may only issue such certification for the treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of intractable epilepsy.”

The new law also “increases the supply of CBD oil or THC-A oil a pharmaceutical processor may dispense from a 30-day supply to a 90-day supply”, and “reduces the minimum amount of cannabidiol or tetrahydrocannabinol acid per milliliter for a dilution of the Cannabis plant to fall under the definition of CBD oil or THC-A oil, respectively.”

“The passage of HB 1251 is an important next step to improving the lives of so many Virginians and sets an important precedent for laws like this across the country,” Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn told Virginia’s News Leader last month. “Those who suffer from intractable epilepsy have already seen the benefits of cannabidiol oil and how it can improve their quality of life. These bills will allow more Virginians to benefit from cannabidiol oil as well.”

The view the text of House Bill 1251 in its entirety you can click here.

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