JP Noda stocks cannabis at The Apothecarium shortly before the store opened for its first day of recreational marijuana sales on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in San Francisco. The announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would no longer adopt a “hands-off” approach to states that have legalized marijuana use initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after the $7 billion California recreational weed market opened for business. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
WHEELING — Some Ohio County health officials are concerned that implementation of West Virginia’s medical cannabis law next year may serve as a gateway to legalization of recreational marijuana.
State legislators have said action on recreational marijuana isn’t expected in the 60-day regular session that began Wednesday. However, Dr. John Holloway, chairman of the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health, and county health officer Dr. William Mercer on Tuesday said legalization of marijuana for recreational usage often follows laws that allow the drug to be prescribed for medicinal purposes.
Medical cannabis won’t be available for prescription in West Virginia until July 2019. The state Bureau for Public