In this Monday, April 17, 2017 photo, Various cannabis oil products are displayed in the office of Georgia State Rep. Allen Peake, R – Macon, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) — Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law that would allow doctors greater power to prescribe cannabis oil to patients in need.
HB 1251, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline from Lexington, would give Virginia doctors the option to prescribe cannabis oil to patients for “any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use.”
Gov. Northam, who is a pediatrician, previously offered his support for expanding the use of legal marijuana.
In 2017, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation for patients with severe forms of epilepsy to use cannabis oil to alleviate symptoms.
According to Virginia Norml, the change of law doesn’t legalize possession, but it provides an affirmative defense. A signed affirmative defense certificate must be submitted as a patient’s or caregiver’s defense