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Medical cannabis is coming this year: how Richmonders can prepare now

As the processor licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to serve medical cannabis patients across the region, Green Leaf Medical (gLeaf) has built an 82,000-square-foot facility located in Manchester designed to cultivate, process and dispense medical cannabis products to Virginia patients.

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Medical cannabis is coming to Richmond this year. If you’re looking to become a patient, you should get ready now to access treatment.

As the processor licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to serve medical cannabis patients across the region, Green Leaf Medical (gLeaf) has built an 82,000-square-foot facility located in Manchester designed to cultivate, process and dispense medical cannabis products to Virginia patients.

Upon the opening of the Manchester facility later this year, registered patients will be able to meet with a pharmacist on site to discuss medical cannabis therapy. Individuals who are interested in becoming patients must register themselves with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to be able to access treatment at Green Leaf – which they can do now in preparation for the facility’s opening.

The steps to becoming a patient and accessing treatment in Richmond are:

  1. Visit a registered health care provider to receive a recommendation for medical cannabis
  2. Complete the online application with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to become a patient and submit the required documents
  3. Receive the registration card in the mail once the application is approved
  4. Bring this card with you to the gLeaf facility to speak with a pharmacist about medical cannabis therapy

A step-by-step patient registration guide is also available here.

According to the Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition (VMCC) – of which Green Leaf Medical is a member – Virginia’s medical cannabis program will undergo significant improvements as a result of this year’s General Assembly session. Legislation passed this year allows practitioners to evaluate patients through telemedicine, allows part-time Virginia residents to become patients and offers a clarified definition of cannabis oil, which will improve the way processors can implement treatment.

Additionally, because of the 2020 legislative session, each processor like Green Leaf Medical will be able to open up to five additional dispensing facilities, making it easier for patients to receive access to medical cannabis across the state. gLeaf is currently eyeing other Richmond-area locations to open the additional patient access points.

As a member of the VMCC, consisting of the processors of medical cannabis across the state, Green Leaf Medical advocates for medical cannabis patients in the commonwealth.

“We look forward to serving patients in the Richmond area and improving access to medical cannabis across the region,” said Philip Goldberg, CEO of Green Leaf Medical.

You can visit www.vmccoalition.org for more information on the Virginia medical cannabis program, becoming a patient and updates on Green Leaf Medical’s grand opening to area patients.

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