PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) — In a little more than two months, adults in the Commonwealth will be able to possess and grow marijuana legally. While some use it for recreational purpose, others are focused on the medical benefits.

Now, a local woman who has taken care of Pulaski residents for more than three decades has a new telehealth business aimed at answering any questions folks may have about medical cannabis.

Nurse practitioner Judy Jenks, the woman behind Clinic420.info, joined “Good Day Virginia” on Thursday to talk about how her business works.

“I’ve been watching the growth of medical cannabis in the country and I saw the benefits to patients and one-on-one conversations with people were self-medicating with cannabis made me realize there’s really a place in medicine for medical cannabis. It’s been available to Virginians for a while, but only physicians could evaluate for it and it never really took off,” said Jenks.

In 2019, a bill came before the Virginia General Assembly for nurse practitioners to be able to evaluate the medical cannabis cards.

Jenks was asked by the American Nurse Association to comment on it in front of one of the committees.

That bill was later signed into law, allowing nurse practitioners to evaluate for medical cannabis.

After that, Jenks was able to incorporate it into her practice; started her own business, Clinic420.info; and she now serves the entire state of Virginia.

Starting July 1, adults 21 and up will be able to grow up to four plants per households. However, Jenks says people may not know exactly what strains of cannabis to grow.

“When you go to a dispensary you’re getting a very controlled product. You know exactly how many milligrams of THC or CBD is in that product. You’re going to be shopping… you have several different routes of administration for that, and you know what’s there. If you buy off the street you really don’t know what you’re getting. You might trust the person that you’re purchasing it from, but what happened down the road before that person got it? So it’s much safer and more controlled to do it at a dispensary.”

Judy Branscom Jenks DNP, FNP-BC

Jenks says when applying for a medical license, the first thing you have to do is be evaluated by a medical professional who is licensed to do medical cannabis evaluations.

The professional will talk to you about your medical history, as well as any medications you take. They will then decide whether you qualify for a medical cannabis card, and if you do, they will give you a signed certificate that you must register with the Board of Pharmacy.

The Board of Pharmacy then processes the certificate and sends you a medical cannabis card. Once you have that card in hand, you can shop at any dispensary in Virginia.

There are three items you must have on hand when going to a dispensary:

  1. Your medical cannabis card
  2. Photo ID
  3. Your signed certificate issued by a licensed medical professional

Jenks also performs cannabis coaching, including:

  • Speaking to you about your medical conditions and how to use cannabis for them
  • What type of cannabis is best, and how to administer it
  • The dosages you should be looking for
  • Potential interactions with prescription medications and over-the-counter supplements
  • Risks and benefits of medical cannabis

You can learn more about Jenk’s services here.