MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A survey completed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources shows high interest of medical cannabis among both patients and physicians in the Mountain State.
Loretta Haddy, state epidemiologist of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health, presented the results of this survey a meeting of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy on Thursday.
Over 6,000 individuals participated in the survey, including patients with qualifying medical conditions, as well as family members and caregivers of those with serious medical conditions.
“What we are seeing is there’s a tremendous amount of interest, not just from a particular area of the state but all across the state. Every county participated in the survey,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and state health officer. “There seems to be extraordinary interest amongst providers, amongst physicians themselves. We saw data that over 80 percent of the physicians demonstrated interest, of those who were surveyed.”
While Gupta said the Bureau for Public Health is very excited about the interest,