CHARLESTON — Jesse Forbes, a Charleston attorney appointed to the newly created Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, said he’s looking forward to getting started.
Forbes has represented people and businesses statewide and has experience in criminal and administrative law. He served for years as a mental hygiene commissioner for Kanawha County. He has training in cannabis laws, medical and employment law and how other states have addressed these issues.
“It is an honor to be selected for this important new board charged with helping to implement the new medical cannabis law,” Forbes said. “I am honored and humbled to have been selected and look forward to putting my legal experience to work for the state.”
Senate Bill 386 created the Medical Cannabis Act. The law does not allow smoking or packaged edible products, but people can obtain pills, oil or topical forms. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill into law in April, making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana. The law went into effect July 5.
In addition to Forbes, the Department of Health