The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (MCAB) has recommended that state legislators expand the state’s medical cannabis laws to allow certain patients to purchase and smoke marijuana flower. The current law, which was passed last year but will not go into full effect until 2019, prohibits patients from purchasing or smoking cannabis flower or growing their own plants. Instead, patients are allowed to purchase medical cannabis in a form that can be vaped, or in the form of pills, oils, liquids, or topical gels.
The board’s recommendation would not technically legalize the smoking of medical cannabis, but instead would only allow patients who have received individual approval from the state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to acquire cannabis flower. It would then be up to the patients themselves to choose whether or not to light up their new stash.
“People can combust [cannabis] themselves if they want, but that’s not what we’re advocating or recommending,” Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner for DHHR’s bureau for public health, said to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
The MCAB also voted to recommend that state legislators remove or