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West Virginia Legislature Approves Medical #Marijuana Bill

  • On April 6, 2017, the West Virginia legislature approved Senate Bill 386, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
  • Some of those amendments included banning patients from smoking medical marijuana or growing it themselves.
  • Patients would still able to consume medical marijuana through vaporization, oils, tinctures and gels.
  • Although medical marijuana advocates have criticized SB 386 as a restrictive measure, Marijuana Policy Project representative Matt Simon predicted in a statement that it would still be an important and “life-saving program.”
  • SB 386 now heads from the West Virginia Legislature to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice, who is expected to sign off on the bill.

On April 6, 2017, the West Virginia legislature approved Senate Bill 386, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

@MJINews: West Virginia Legislature Approves Medical #Marijuana Bill

On April 6, 2017, the West Virginia legislature approved Senate Bill 386, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

Originally introduced by Sen. Richard Ojeda, the bill was significantly amended by the House of Delegates. Some of those amendments included banning patients from smoking medical marijuana or growing it themselves. Patients would still able to consume medical marijuana through vaporization, oils, tinctures and gels.

Under the final version of the bill, regulatory authority is vested in the state Bureau of Health, which would be responsible for licensing, issuing patients ID cards and developing rules for the new system. An advisory board, comprised of representatives from law enforcement, health care and patient advocates, would also make recommendations to the bureau.

The number of medical marijuana licenses would be capped at 10 for growers, 10 for processors, and no more than 30 for dispensaries.

Although medical marijuana advocates have criticized SB 386 as a restrictive measure, Marijuana Policy Project representative Matt Simon predicted in a statement that it would still be an important and “life-saving program.”

“Some of the House amendments to the bill are concerning, but it still has the potential to provide relief to thousands of seriously ill West Virginians,” Simon said. “We commend the Legislature for passing this compassionate and much-needed legislation.”

SB 386 now heads from the West Virginia Legislature to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice, who is expected to sign off on the bill.

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