The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would rework the state’s medical cannabis program set to begin next summer.
While it does not specifically allow dispensaries to give out the dry-leaf form of cannabis (which is not available under the program as is), the bill (House Bill 4345) now requires the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis to create the rule, which would be subject to legislative approval.
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had asked lawmakers to allow the sale of dry-leaf medical cannabis, among a series of other changes.
As amended Thursday, the bill would allow the state treasurer to establish a credit union only for use under the medical cannabis act; allow businesses to act as any combination of growers, processors and dispensers; and add osteopathic doctors to the MCAB, among other changes.
It also imposes minimum requirements for the permitting of marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries — 20, 20 and 100 respectively.