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Office of Medical Cannabis

Senate Bill 386 created the Medical Cannabis Act that allows for cannabis to be used for certified medical use by a West Virginia resident with a serious medical condition and is limited by law to the following forms: pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form unless dry leaf or plant forms become acceptable under rules adopted by the Bureau for Public Health; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch.

S.B. 386 was signed into law on April 19, 2017, by Governor Jim Justice. Under the Act, the Bureau may not issue the patient and caregiver identification cards necessary to obtain medical cannabis until July 1, 2019.  

Status of Medical Cannabis program: 
Without a process for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health to accept and disburse funds related to applications for permits and fees associated with the implementation of the Medical Cannabis Act and without funding for the program, the Bureau has not been able to proceed along the original timelines previously established.  Consequently, the program is still in the early stages of development. Much has been done to lay the groundwork for implementing the law, however there is more that still must happen both within DHHR and across the industry before a medical cannabis product can be made available (for example, development of growers, processors, and dispensaries for DHHR to permit and inspect). 

The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis seeks written proposals for development of a four hour physician training course as described in Article 3 of the Medical Cannabis Act. All proposals which must be accepted as continuing medical education by both the West Virginia Board of Medicine and the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine should be submitted by email to medcanwv@wv.gov.
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Report and Recommendations for the Governor and Legislature 

Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
Patient/Caregiver Information
Grower/Processor Information
Dispensary Information
Physician Information
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Information
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Members Announced 
Additional Program Questions

Additional Helpful Links
Correspondence from the Office of the State Treasurer (Processing of Funds Relating to Medical Cannabis) (05/10/2018)
Correspondence from the Office of the State Treasurer (Processing of Funds Relating to Medical Cannabis) (03/01/2018)
Jason Frame Selected to Lead West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (02/02/2018)
Senate Bill 386
U.S. Department of Justice Enforcement Policy Press Release
U.S. Department of Justice Memo on Enforcement

Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting Documents
West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act & Office Structure Presentation (PowerPoint 8/16)
"Considerations for Issuing Grower, Processor or Dispensary Permits" and "Methods for Assessing Distribution of Serious Medical Conditions and Medical Cannabis Interest Among Physicians and Patients" (PowerPoint 10/11/2017)
Work Group Membership (10/11/2017)
Medical Cannabis: Patient and Physician Interest Survey Results and Data (PowerPoint 12/14/2017)
West Virginia Medical Cannabis:  Patient and Physician Interest Survey and Other Available Data Report (02/06/2018)
West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Report and Recommendations (02/22/2018)

Please continue to check this website for additional updates.  To contact this office, please e-mail medcanwv@wv.gov or call (304) 558-2971. 
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