Medical Marijuana in West Virginia
Following bipartisan support in both the House of Delegates and State Senate in 2017, the Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law in West Virginia with expectations the new industry would be up and running by July 2019.
But three years after its passage, patients in West Virginia are still waiting.
Through the Medical Cannabis Act, patients experiencing certain medical conditions — such as cancer, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other chronic or terminal illnesses — may be eligible to receive medical cannabis in pill, tincture, vape, patch or topical forms from physicians.
Two additional pieces of legislation passed in March and May 2019 rectified issues with the 2017 bill, including H.B. 2538, which laid the groundwork for medical cannabis banking services, and S.B. 1037, on “vertical integration,” meaning the same business can grow, process and dispense medical cannabis.
In 2018, H.B. 4159 proposed removing licensing limitation caps, and in 2019, H.B. 4567 proposed legalizing edible, dry flower and plant flower forms of cannabis for medicinal use. Both bills were referred to the House Health and Human Resources Committee and never advanced.
Between December 2019 and February 2020, prospective medical cannabis organizations applied for grower, processor and dispensary licenses with the Office of Medical Cannabis, a division of the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
According to Jason Frame, director of the Office of Medical Cannabis, the organization received license applications for 199 dispensaries, 44 growers, 41 processors and one laboratory. All application fees — $50,000 for growers and processors and $10,000 for dispensaries — were due March 3.
So far, Frame said, the current stage of the reviewing process is still underway despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“The Office of Medical Cannabis continues to review applications and perform all other necessary functions by telework as advised by the governor,” Frame said. “OMC is currently reviewing Grower and Processor applications for completeness. The next step will be a 30-day period for applicants to submit additional information deemed necessary by OMC.”
The completeness review is the second of eight steps outlined in the review process, followed by notice of advancement, various approvals and permit issuance.
According to the Department of Health and Human Resources, who oversee the Medical Cannabis Act alongside the Bureau for Public Health and the OMC, the process may take up to six months, though a timeline for license issuance is not yet determined.
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West Virginia Medical Cannabis Applications
Marijuana applications are currently not available in West Virginia. However, there are many opportunities to get involved, including investing in the operations or real estate of the license, partnering as an operator and purchasing a license. Schedule a time to discuss your options with us here.