West Virginia’s medical marijuana board plans to recommend to state lawmakers that patients who have met certain requirements be able to buy smokable forms of marijuana.
The board, which met Tuesday afternoon at the University of Charleston, also plans to recommend state lawmakers increase or remove a cap on the number of growers, processors and dispensaries in the state, and allow one company to serve two or three of those roles — meaning a grower could also be a processor, for example.
The board did not approve recommending any conditions, such as anxiety, be added to the list of medical conditions that patients must be diagnosed with before doctors can recommend medical marijuana.
West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill during the 2017 legislative session, permitting doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients and establishing a regulatory system in the state. The law also set up a Medical Cannabis Advisory Board and directs the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health to oversee implementation of the law and the state’s medical marijuana system.