CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board hosted its inaugural meeting Wednesday at the University of Charleston.
Members heard presentations detailing a broad review of the law, how the Office of Medical Cannabis will be organized, and comments from the public about how the law would affect them.
“This is about helping people, their families and communities across West Virginia to address a crisis,” Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Health, said after the meeting. “It’s not just a crisis of opioids, but also a crisis of pain. To the extent that we can as a board, here as a community of people, we will try to help those folks who are in pain and suffering, then we must try to do that to the extent that science goes behind it and data goes behind it.”
In April, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law Senate Bill 386, making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical cannabis.
The 13-member advisory board was appointed In July, and is tasked with developing