CHARLESTON – Legislators may take up a bill relating to the state’s medical marijuana law that would remove caps for licenses on processors, dispensaries and growers, two lawmakers told the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Tuesday.
Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, and Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, spoke about issues they think may come up in this legislative session, including a bill to allow “vertical integration” of licenses. This would allow a person to have a license in two or more areas where they could be growers and processors, processors and dispensaries or all three.
Pushkin said this is an idea that Republicans have mentioned an interest in, too.
“This would be more of a free market approach rather than the board deciding,” Pushkin said.
“What we’ve found in other states is it’s hard to just be a dispensary,” Pushkin later added. “To have a sustainable business, you have to have another one of those licenses.”
Pushkin sponsored House Bill 4159 last month to remove the maximum number of growers, processors and dispensary permits and remove the requirement that licenses be