The House of Delegates will review this week several structural changes to the state’s medical marijuana program that begins next summer, at the request of the state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.
The House Judiciary Committee fast-tracked House Bill 4345 to the chamber floor Friday and waived its second reference to the Finance Committee.
While the legislation would adopt several recommended changes, it does not allow for the administration of any dry leaf or plant form of marijuana for vaporization, as the board requested Tuesday.
Under current law, the Bureau of Public Health can only issue permits to 10 marijuana growers, 10 processors and 30 dispensaries in the state, with no more than five dispensaries in one region.
The bill, however, would hike those caps, allowing the BPH to issue permits to 50 growers, 50 processors and 165 dispensaries with no regional requirements.
Additionally, it would allow businesses to function as any combination of growers, processors and dispensaries.