It seemed like the term “glaucoma” was just about all I needed to utter to get my certification. The doctor said it was a recognized condition for which cannabis could be helpful (although my ophthalmologist in Roanoke doesn’t feel the same way).
The tele-doc asked me about any other medications I take. The whole conversation lasted about two minutes. Then he said my certification would arrive by email shortly. And he wasn’t kidding. It popped up in fewer than 60 seconds. But that’s hardly the end of the process.
Next, Leafwell.co directed me to the website for the Virginia Department of Health Professions. On that site, you’ve have to register with your name, birth date, address, Social Security number, email and telephone number. (Leafwell.co includes detailed instructions for navigating the state website.)
And there you have to pay another $50 — to the state of Virginia — for the privilege of applying.
And THEN, by snail mail, you have to send a copy of your driver’s license (which establishes age and residency) along with your Certification for the Use of Cannabis Products, to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. There may be a way to do it by email, but that is ambiguous on the board’s website.
Its address is, Board of Pharmacy; Perimeter Center; 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300; Henrico, VA 23233-1463.