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Jason Frame Selected to Lead the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis


Today, Jason Frame was named director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis by Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health.  Dr. Gupta will oversee the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis.


“I have confidence in Mr. Frame’s ability to lead the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, and to help position this office in a manner that is ready to meet of needs of patients who may medically benefit from cannabis,” said Dr. Gupta.  “We still have a lot of work to do in establishing the process for setting up dispensaries, growers, processors, and laboratories, and I believe Mr. Frame is ready to meet that challenge.”


The Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law on April 19, 2017, which allows cannabis to be used for certified medical use by West Virginia residents with a serious medical condition.  Patient and caregiver cards will not be issued until July 1, 2019.


“I am honored to be selected as the director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis,” said Frame.  “My goal is to lead the state’s medical cannabis program in a responsible and deliberative manner to help ensure health care providers have another option in extending compassionate care for those who are living with a serious illness, especially in situations where medical cannabis may provide much needed relief.”


Prior to his hiring as the director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, Frame worked for DHHR’s Office of Environmental Health Services for five years.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Charleston.  


Frame is expected to be officially introduced at the upcoming Medical Cannabis Advisory Board meeting set for February 6, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the University of Charleston’s Ballroom.   


Information regarding medical cannabis in West Virginia is available online at www.medcanwv.org.    

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899
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