This might be a surprise for many of you but Virginia became the first ever US state to legalize medical cannabis all the way back in 1979.
The whole drive to allow patients with qualifying medical conditions to consume medical marijuana was started by Virginia.
Unfortunately, even after being the pioneer state of medical marijuana access in the US, the state doesnât have any laws that protect its registered medical marijuana patients from federal trials when it comes to owning a gun and having a medical marijuana card.
In short, there is no way you can have a Virginia medical marijuana card and own a firearm within the state at the same time.
Is It a Good Idea To Take My Gun To a Dispensary in VA?
Virginia is one of the US states where gun possession is heavily regulated. This automatically complicates the gun ownership process if youâre a registered medical marijuana patient as well.
Generally, there are no such places that are âoff-limitsâ to individuals having a valid firearm carry permit. But things can take a 180-degree turn for you if youâre consuming/possessing a Schedule I substance (yes, even medical marijuana) while owning a firearm at the same time.
Consuming CBD Products and Owning a Gun in Virginia
In Virginia, CBD oil-based products derived from industrial hemp and having not more than 0.3% THC content are legal for consumption. This means that if youâre an adult (21 years or older), you can legally consume CBD products while owning a firearm at the same time.
Our expert opinion
No one can take the status of being the âfirst ever US state to legalize medical marijuanaâ from Virginia. However, the state does in fact need to ensure the safety and legal rights of its registered medical marijuana users when it comes to matters like owning a firearm, etc.