KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail
Delegate Mike Pushkin (center), D-Kanawha, speaks in favor of laws to loosen restrictions on marijuana Friday at the annual Legislative Lookahead, held Friday at the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Others speaking on the issue included (left to right) Marshall graduate student Danny Bragg; Charleston Police Lt. Eric Johnson; John “Ed” Shemelya, national coordinator of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s National Marijuana Initiative; and Jim Wilson, director of The Gatehouse, a drug rehabilitation facility in Elkins.
After last year’s elections, West Virginia became one of a minority of states without a comprehensive medical marijuana law on the books. On Friday, police debated with advocates for marijuana legislation about the appropriate next step for the state as part of the annual Legislative Lookahead held at the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Four states approved recreational marijuana in 2016. Four states approved medical marijuana. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 28 states and the District of Columbia now have comprehensive medical marijuana laws, and eight states and D.C. have now