An overwhelming majority of surveyed West Virginia physicians are “interested” in medical cannabis, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Of 1,455 physicians who took the online survey, 82 percent of them indicated their interest in medical marijuana, which will be legal in the state in July 2019 thanks to a law passed during the last legislative session.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner of the state Bureau for Public Health, said the high response volume gives the state a sound outlook on patient and physician views of the looming change.
“We found that to be compelling that there is a certain level of interest, not just from patients, but from the physician community,” he said.
Along with doctors, the bureau analyzed survey results from 6,003 West Virginians, as well as Public Employees Insurance Agency and Medicaid claim data to tease out what tweaks, if any, might be needed for the nascent program.
Of the patients who responded, 2,120 reported suffering