CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board are working to develop a plan for residents seeking pain relief through medical marijuana.
“This is about helping people, families and communities across West Virginia and, in some ways, address the crisis of opioids and chronic pain,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, board chairman and state health officer.
The board’s first meeting was Wednesday at the University of Charleston following the passage of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act.
Several doctors, government officials, law enforcement officers and other community leaders make up the 12-member board. The board is overseen by the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health.
Gupta, who also serves as commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, said the board is responsible for recommending rules that are needed to implement the current law. Those rules will outline how the program will operate in connection with the growing, processing, selling and use of medical marijuana.
During the process of developing the