CHARLESTON — The head of West Virginia’s Bureau of Public Health hopes to have population surveys finalized to determine patient and physician interest in medical cannabis out for delivery within the next week.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and state health officer, said surveys will gather information in order to get a broad picture of where need is in the state.
The draft surveys were shared with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board at its Wednesday meeting at the University of Charleston.
For the bureau to issue permits, it must consider several factors, including regional population, number of patients diagnosed with serious medical conditions, types of medical conditions, access to public transportation, approval by local health bureaus and whether a county has disallowed the location of a grower, processor or dispensary.
The surveys aim to provide a better understanding of the potential market for medical cannabis and to provide anecdotal information about patient interest and physical location. They also will obtain information on the number of physicians interested in certifying