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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 110. Board of Pharmacy
Chapter 60. Regulations Governing Pharmaceutical Processors
11/26/2022

18VAC110-60-135. Application for and granting of a permit for a cannabis dispensing facility.

A. Pursuant to § 54.1-3442.6 of the Code of Virginia, the board may issue up to five cannabis dispensing facility permits for each health service area. A permit may be issued to a facility that is owned, at least in part, by the pharmaceutical processor located in that health service area for the dispensing of cannabis products that has been cultivated and produced on the premises of a pharmaceutical processor. Each cannabis dispensing facility shall be located within the same health service area as the pharmaceutical processor.

B. A separate application and fee for each cannabis dispensing facility permit shall be submitted to the board, along with the following information and documentation:

1. The name and address of the facility, which shall not be within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare;

2. The name and address of the facility's owners with 5.0% or greater ownership;

3. Name and signature of pharmacist-in-charge practicing at the facility;

4. Details regarding the applicant's plans for security to maintain adequate control against the diversion, theft, or loss of cannabis products; and

5. Information necessary for the board to conduct a criminal background check on the facilities' owners with 5.0% or greater ownership.

C. Prior to issuing the permit, an inspection of the facility shall be performed by an agent of the board. The permit shall not be awarded until any deficiency identified by inspectors has been corrected and the facility has been satisfactorily reinspected if warranted.

D. A cannabis dispensing facility shall comply with all state and local laws and ordinances.

E. A cannabis dispensing facility permit shall not be issued to any person to operate from a private dwelling or residence.

F. No person who has been convicted of a felony under the laws of the Commonwealth or another jurisdiction within the last five years shall be employed by or act as an agent of a cannabis dispensing facility.

G. If the cannabis dispensing facility is not operational within 90 days from the date the permit is issued, the board shall rescind the permit unless an extension is granted for good cause shown.

H. A cannabis dispensing facility shall be deemed to have commenced operation if it is in receipt of cannabis products from a pharmaceutical processor.

I. Once the facility is in possession of cannabis products, a pharmacist shall be on site at all times during the declared hours of operation.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-3442.6 and 54.1-3447 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 25, eff. September 1, 2021.

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