CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate is expected to consider changes to the state’s medical marijuana program this final week of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session.
The House of Delegates passed a bill (HB 4345) last week that would increase the amount of growers, processors and dispensaries in West Virginia. The bill also allows for vertical integration, meaning businesses can act at any combination of growers, processors and dispensaries.
Other changes include allowing patients to pre-register for the program before it takes affect in July 2019 and to strengthen the requirements needed to qualify for medical marijuana.
Most of the changes came from recommendations made by the state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. One change that did not make it into the bill was a request to provide the dry leaf form of the drug.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health — who oversees the board — said they provided that recommendation because of the support they received from the public.
“I think there was a lot