Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will provide protection for people using medical marijuana into law.

The bill, called HB1251, concerns the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil or THC-A oil for medicinal purposes, which can now be prescribed to treat or alleviate symptoms of diagnosed conditions or diseases that are determined by a practitioner would benefit their patient.

To the individuals who use the oils, there have been steps given by Virginia NORML, a group that works to reform marijuana laws.

They are as follows:

Print and fill out the official Certification for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Take it to your doctor and ask him or her to sign it
Keep the signed certificate with your oil at all times
Present the certificate if questioned by law enforcement
If your certificate is not accepted and you are charged with possession, call an attorney or ask for court-appointed counsel.
Present your signed certificate 10 days prior to trial as directed.

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