Apr 22, 2017 12:45 PM

29 and Counting: West Virginia Joins the Family of Legal Medical Cannabis States

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, West Virginia governor Jim Justice signed the bill SB 386 into law, making the Mountain State the 29th state in the U.S. to legalize weed use for medical purposes.

According to SB 386, patients with qualifying conditions will be allowed to use medical weed if recommended by their doctor. A list of qualifying conditions includes cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, and a few other severe diseases. Plus, doctors will be allowed to recommend cannabis to patients suffering from “severe chronic or intractable pain” if other types of treatment, including opiate therapy, were ineffective.

The first medical cannabis dispensaries will open in West Virginia in about two years but no sooner than July 2019. As for today, the law allows the use of medical cannabis in the form of pills, oils, topicals, tinctures, and liquids. While vaporization is allowed, smoking cannabis remains prohibited. Plus, dispensaries would not be allowed to sell any kind of marijuana-infused edibles.

As for the possession limits, the current version of the law says that a medical cannabis patient would be allowed to possess no more than a 30-day supply of medical weed. The law, however, does not clarify how much weed that is.

Home cultivation also remains prohibited.

The full text of the WV Medical Cannabis Act may be found here.

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