Bill Text: VA HB1841 | 2019 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Pharmaceutical processors; employment, misdemeanors.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-18 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0417) [HB1841 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB1841-Chaptered.html

An Act to amend and reenact §54.1-3442.6 of the Code of Virginia, relating to pharmaceutical processor; employment; misdemeanors.
[H 1841]
Approved March 18, 2019


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §54.1-3442.6 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§54.1-3442.6. Permit to operate pharmaceutical processor.

A. No person shall operate a pharmaceutical processor without first obtaining a permit from the Board. The application for such permit shall be made on a form provided by the Board and signed by a pharmacist who will be in full and actual charge of the pharmaceutical processor. The Board shall establish an application fee and other general requirements for such application.

B. Each permit shall expire annually on a date determined by the Board in regulation. The number of permits that the Board may issue or renew in any year is limited to one for each health service area established by the Board of Health. Permits shall be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises of the pharmaceutical processor.

C. The Board shall adopt regulations establishing health, safety, and security requirements for pharmaceutical processors. Such regulations shall include requirements for (i) physical standards; (ii) location restrictions; (iii) security systems and controls; (iv) minimum equipment and resources; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) labeling and packaging; (vii) quarterly inspections; (viii) processes for safely and securely cultivating Cannabis plants intended for producing cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil, producing cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil, and dispensing and delivering in person cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil to a registered patient or, if such patient is a minor or an incapacitated adult as defined in §18.2-369, such patient's parent or legal guardian; (ix) a maximum number of marijuana plants a pharmaceutical processor may possess at any one time; (x) the secure disposal of plant remains; and (xi) a process for registering a cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil product.

D. Every pharmaceutical processor shall be under the personal supervision of a licensed pharmacist on the premises of the pharmaceutical processor.

E. The Board shall require an applicant for a pharmaceutical processor permit to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information to be forwarded along with his fingerprints through the Central Criminal Records Exchange to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information regarding the applicant. The cost of fingerprinting and the criminal history record search shall be paid by the applicant. The Central Criminal Records Exchange shall forward the results of the criminal history background check to the Board or its designee, which shall be a governmental entity.

F. No person who has been convicted of (i) a felony under the laws of the Commonwealth or another jurisdiction or of (ii) within the last five years, any offense in violation of Article 1 (§ 18.2-247 et seq.) or Article 1.1 (§18.2-265.1 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2 or a substantially similar offense under the laws of another jurisdiction shall be employed by or act as an agent of a pharmaceutical processor.

G. Every pharmaceutical processor shall adopt policies for pre-employment drug screening and regular, ongoing, random drug screening of employees.