By Rebecca Gwilt, Esq.
On September 25, 2018, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy met in closed session for more than 5 hours before awarding five conditional permits to 5 separate companies who will likely become the first pharmaceutical processors in Virginia. At the beginning of the meeting, the Board heard from at least two applicants for pharmaceutical processor applications, including Dalitso and Dharma Pharmaceuticals, as well as Christina Barille, Executive Director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association.
A common theme from the applicants and industry stakeholders throughout this process and during public comments during the Board meeting was the preference for Virginia-owned and controlled applicants. The Board also approved proposed changes to replace the emergency regulations adopted by the Governor in early Spring.
The conditional permits were awarded as follows:
HSA 1 PharmaCann Virginia
HSA 2 Dalitso
HSA 3 Dharma Pharmaceuticals
HSA 4 Green Leaf Medical of Virginia
HSA 5 Columbia Care
These conditional permits are subject to background checks of each company, which will be performed in the coming weeks.
Rebecca E. Gwilt, Esq. is a Virginia-licensed attorney, Partner at Nixon Law Group, and leader of Nixon Law Group’s Cannabis Business practice. She provides legal, regulatory, and business guidance to healthcare clients, including those clients in and ancillary to the medical cannabis industry. She is focused primarily on healthcare entrepreneurship and compliance, cannabis licensing and compliance, and privacy/security of patient data. She also provides corporate and transactional services to clients, including business formation and dissolution, employment contracts and disputes, licensing, board and general compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and reimbursement.
“Rebecca is also an Advisory Board Member of Cannabis Commonwealth, a 501(c)(3) that unites the patients, parents, professionals and policy makers dedicated expanding Virginia’s regulated medical cannabis program.” She can be contacted at [email protected]
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