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Office of Medical Cannabis

Senate Bill 386, signed into law on April 19, 2017, by Governor Jim Justice, 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, dry leaf or plant form; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis is committed to a goal of less than two years for patients with a qualifying medical condition being able to procure quality-tested medical cannabis in West Virginia. 


Click here to view the agenda for the June 17, 2020 virtual meeting of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.

Physician Registration and Education
The Office of Medical Cannabis is now accepting physician registrations. The registration application and mandatory four-hour physician education course are available at the following links. No paper option is available. Note: Physician education must be completed before registration. 


Permit Applications
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis ceased accepting permit applications for medical cannabis growers, processors, dispensaries, and laboratories on February 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.  No additional applications are being accepted at this time.  Applicants should be aware that it may take an extended period of time for the refund of permit fees in the case of a non-successful application.  All application and permit fees must be received by Tuesday, March 3, 2020 or the application will be denied. Click here to view a list of applicants. 
 
Due to a recent supreme court decision (TENNESSEE WINE AND SPIRITS RETAILERS ASSN. v. RUSSELL F. THOMAS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TENNESSEE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION, ET AL.), the residency requirement referred to by West Virginia Code §16A-6-3 Grant of Permit will not be applied to applicants seeking a West Virginia permit to operate as a medical cannabis organization.

Applicants are advised to be aware of all federal laws regarding the possession, production and distribution of medical cannabis. The Office of Medical Cannabis will not advise any applicant or permittee with regard to any federal law, and the issuance of a permit in no way endorses compliance with any federal law.

Application Forms
Affidavit of Capital Adequacy Initial Application – DISPENSARY
Affidavit of Capital Adequacy Initial Application – GROWERS and PROCESSORS
Affidavit of Suitability For Participation in a Medical Cannabis Organization
Background Check - NonCriminal Justice Applicant's Privacy Rights
Background Check - Privacy Act Statement
Bank Verification 
Criminal Background Check Acknowledgement
Location Boundaries for Dispensaries Policy 
Scoring Procedure
Tax Letter of Good Standing
Verification of Application
Workforce WV Compliance Letter 

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 

Pending Legislative Rules
Chapter 16A. Medical Cannabis Act
64-109 Medical Cannabis Program - General Provisions
64-110 Medical Cannabis Program - Growers/Processors
64-111 Medical Cannabis Program - Laboratories
64-112 Medical Cannabis Program - Dispensaries
64-113 Medical Cannabis Program - Safe Harbor Letter

Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
Patient/Caregiver Information
Growers/Processors/Dispensaries/Laboratories Information (Updated 2/5/2020)
Physician Information
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Information
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Members Announced 

Additional Helpful Links
Child Care Locator
Jason Frame Selected to Lead West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (02/02/2018) 
Medical Cannabis Permit Applications to Open December 19
U.S. Department of Justice Enforcement Policy Press Release
U.S. Department of Justice Memo on Enforcement

Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting Documents
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, call 304-356-5090 or (toll-free) 844-949-1709, or fax 304-558-0035.
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