Medical marijuana takes root in West Virginia

July 18, 2017 By Charles Johnson
The State Journal

West Virginia is the 29th state to authorize medical marijuana use.

Senate Bill 386, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law by Gov. Jim C. Justice on April 19, and became effective July 5. However, there is an extraordinary amount of regulatory groundwork that must be put into place over the next two years to make the dispensing of medical marijuana a reality in West Virginia. Under the statute, patients meeting certain strict medical criteria and their designated caregivers can first obtain identification cards on July 1, 2019 which enables them to obtain medical marijuana from designated dispensaries. In the interim, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, announced the members of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on June 30.

During the transition, BPH and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will establish criteria and procedures for authorized growers, processors, dispensaries, registered physicians and identification cards for authorized patients and caregivers in a series of rules and regulations designed to regulate the dispensing of medical marijuana in West Virginia.

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