CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will begin surveying patients and physicians by next week to understand where the needs are for medical marijuana distribution in West Virginia.
The surveys are meant to determine where patients are located, what types of medical conditions they have and what physicians are interested in providing medical cannabis.
The board plans to collect and present survey results by the end of the year.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, board chairman and state chief health officer, said the data will be used to establish where dispensaries will be located in the state.
“We are required to develop regions across the state where the dispensaries will go and this will help us develop those regions,” Gupta told reporters following the board’s second meeting Wednesday at the University of Charleston.
The board, overseen by the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health, is responsible for recommending rules that are needed to implement the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, signed into law by Governor Jim Justice earlier this year.
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