West Virginia passed the Medical Cannabis Act in April 2017, qualifying patients with a written doctor’s certification to use medical cannabis and to buy it from registered dispensaries. The bill was a big shock – no one thought it would actually pass. But supporters of the bill say it didn’t go nearly far enough, while opponents say it went too far.
On January 4th about 50 people gathered outside of the Capitol building to rally for more favorable legislation.
The bill that passed last year allows for the sale and consumption of pills, oils, gels, creams and ointments, and tinctures, among other things. Dispensaries cannot sell edibles, or what some call “gummies,” but medical cannabis products can be mixed into food or drinks by patients themselves. Vaporization is allowed, but smoking is prohibited. Patients may only obtain a 30-day supply of cannabis at a time.
One of the rally speakers was WV Senator Richard Ojeda. He was the lead sponsor on the 2017 cannabis bill and said it didn’t go nearly far enough.
“You know when it got over to