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Department of Health Professions
Board of Pharmacy
Mandate 956

Mandate Information
Mandate Title:
Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; permitting of pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide.
Purpose of legislation
Authorizes a pharmaceutical processor, after obtaining a permit from the Board of Pharmacy (the Board) and under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, to manufacture and provide cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil to be used for the treatment of intractable epilepsy. The law sets limits on the number of permits that the Board may issue and requires that the Board adopt regulations establishing health, safety, and security requirements for permitted processors. The law provides that only a licensed practitioner of medicine or osteopathy who is a neurologist or who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy may issue a written certification to a patient for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil. The law also requires that a practitioner who issues a written certification for cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil, the patient issued such certification, and, if the patient is a minor or incapacitated, the patient's parent or legal guardian register with the Board. The law requires further that a pharmaceutical processor shall not provide cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to a patient or a patient's parent or legal guardian without first verifying that the patient, the patient's parent or legal guardian if the patient is a minor or incapacitated, and the practitioner who issued the written certification have registered with the Board. Finally, the law provides an affirmative defense for agents and employees of pharmaceutical processors in a prosecution for the manufacture, possession, or distribution of marijuana.
Legislation mandating a change Chap 613 (2017)
VAC chapters to be amended
18 vac 110 - 60 : Regulations Governing Pharmaceutical Processors
Associated Regulatory Actions
Action 4695: New Regulations Governing Pharmaceutical Processors
Latest Stage: Final
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