CHARLESTON — As the legislative session ended Saturday night, time for the House to consider a bill to make adjustments to the state medical cannabis program ran out, leading to the bill’s death.
The bill, HB 4345, did not make it back to the House floor after the Senate heavily amended the version first passed Feb. 28. The Senate passed its version of the bill around 7 p.m. Saturday, and, despite efforts from some House democrats, the bill was not brought to the full House for consideration.
HB 4345 had a number of changes and additions to the medical cannabis program based on recommendations from the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, a group established by West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health.
The Senate Judiciary Committee amended the bill before it went to the full Senate for consideration. This version included a number of changes to the program, set to begin in the summer of 2019, including:
• Decriminalizing the possession of marijuana;
• Allowing dispensaries to deliver marijuana