A newly enacted law in Virginia prohibits employers from disciplining, discharging or discriminating against an employee for lawful use of cannabis oil if it was prescribed as treatment by a health care practitioner. The new law only applies to “cannabis oil,” which has a limited and technical definition under Virginia law as “any formulation of processed Cannabis plant extract, which may include oil from industrial hemp extract acquired by a pharmaceutical processor, or a dilution of the resin of the Cannabis plant that contains at least five milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A) and no more than 10 milligrams of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per dose.” State officials said the limited new protections for medicinal use of cannabis oil are separate from broader protections for all forms of medical marijuana.
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