Marijuana for medical purposes; no person shall be prosecuted for possession when issued by doctor. (HB1136)

Introduced By

Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Scope of prescription for marijuana for medical purposes.  Provides that no person shall be prosecuted for the possession of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol when that possession occurs pursuant to a valid prescription issued by a medical doctor in the course of his professional practice. The bill also provides that no medical doctor or pharmacist shall be prosecuted for dispensing or distributing marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol for medical purposes when such action occurs in the course of his professional practice. Currently medical marijuana can only be prescribed for cancer and glaucoma. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101776D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2010Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/27/2010Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2010Left in Courts of Justice


Concerned about Wording writes:

It is important that the bill be based on a doctors RECOMMENDATION not prescription as prescriptions are regulated. Other states have dealt with this same wording issue.

DarthNole writes:

Courageous!!!! Simply courageous!! Thank you so much for finally standing up for some basic rights for the patient. Who cares what medicine works... let's just not tie the hands of our Doctors. Our doctors spend many years studying, researching, and practicing medicine. why do our politicians feel as though they know better than our Doctors!!!

This is the right bill at the right time!!!

Al writes:

YES! Let's please stop wasting resources on policing a harmless drug.

Alice writes:

Mr. Morgan You are my Hero! I'm a 74 yr. old mother of six. I lost a son to diabetes with the horrible pain of neuropathy. Pot would have been a wonderful help. I have another son with hydradenitis (sp.). I have read that in Canada they make an oil out of marijuana that cures this incurable disease. Keep fighting for the rights of people to have medicine that works.

charles morrison writes:

i will donate to your next campaign if you can push this through. never thought id ssay that to a republican.

alden short writes:

thank you so much Mr. Morgan for introducing this bill and bill 1134. last summer i was diagnosed with cluster headache syndrome which is a condition where i will have recurring severe headaches for weeks to months at a time. currently i have been given over ten different medications in an effort to control my problem. a few of these medications helped but most of them were addictive painkillers which helped during a headache but my body built a tolerance to them fast and they no longer work in small doses. i also have to take the antidepressant amitriptyline as a way to prevent the headaches it does work fairly well, however, the side effects to it cause me to not sleep well and i feel like im stuck in a neutral feeling about life neither happy or depressed when i take it. because i am not depressed i am worried about the drug causing me to go into depression. i used to use marijuana to control these symptoms and the headaches and it worked better than any of the prescriptions my doctor gave me. i am 100 percent behind you on this bill and cannot express how happy i am that someone finally had the courage to propose this in Virginia. i read a bit about and found out that you are a pharmacist so anyone who disagrees with the facts that you can show them is trapped in a bubble of their own beliefs and refuses to accept something that many could benefit from. even if this bill does not pass this year i hope you will continue to pursue it as long as you are in office. i think that its not just a matter of if it will happen but when if not this year than hopefully within the next few years. after showing some of the facts to my parents who are very far right wing conservatives they could see no fallacy in the argument i presented and actually agreed with the need for it. if they could be convinced so could any one else keep the good fight going there are millions who support you all over the country.
thanks again.