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 December 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: P
hysician education must be completed before
The Office of Medical Cannabis is accepting submissions from
potential training providers for a 2-hour industry training course. Submissions
should be directed to email@example.com.
Subject matter of the course shall include, but not be
The provisions of the
West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and the Administrative Rules relevant
to the responsibilities of principals and employees.
2. Methods to recognize and
report unauthorized activity, including diversion of medical cannabis for
unlawful purposes and falsification of identification cards.
3. Proper handling of
4. Proper recordkeeping.
5. How to prevent and
detect the diversion of medical cannabis.
6. Best practice security
7. Best practice safety
procedures, including responding to the following:
- A medical emergency;
- A fire;
- A chemical spill; and
- A threatening event including armed robbery burglary and criminal incident.
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.
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
Criminal Background Check Acknowledgement
Location Boundaries for Dispensaries Policy
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Report and Recommendations for the Governor and Legislature
Pending Legislative Rules
Medical Cannabis Act
Medical Cannabis Program - General Provisions
Medical Cannabis Program - Growers/Processors
Medical Cannabis Program - Laboratories
Medical Cannabis Program - Dispensaries
Medical Cannabis Program - Safe Harbor Letter
Frequently Asked Questions
Growers/Processors/Dispensaries/Laboratories Information (Updated 2/5/2020)
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
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
Medical Cannabis: Patient and Physician Interest Survey Results and Data
West Virginia Medical Cannabis: Patient and Physician Interest Survey and Other Available Data
West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Report and Recommendations
NEW! Application to Request That An Additional Medical Condition Qualify For Medical Cannabis Usage In West Virginia
NEW! Application to Request That An Additional Form of Medical Cannabis Be Lawful In West Virginia
Please continue to check this website for additional updates. To contact this office, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, call 304-356-5090 or (toll-free) 844-949-1709, or fax 304-558-0035.