If you are interested in becoming a medical marijuana patient in WV, or if you have your card, you likely have questions about the laws and compliance while purchasing and consuming medical marijuana products. In these resources, we have compiled the most commonly asked questions we receive about medical marijuana in WV and their answers.
Patients (and caregivers) cannot possess more than a 30-day supply, as determined by the certifying physician. Patients, growers, caregivers, and physicians are protected by law as long as all parties follow the protocol of the medical marijuana program.
Cannabis consumption is prohibited in public, inside motor vehicles, or inside rented property in the state of West Virginia. It is illegal to operate motor vehicles, aircrafts, or watercraft while under the influence of cannabis.
A caregiver is an individual designated by the patient to obtain and deliver cannabis. A patient under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian listed as their caregiver. A caregiver must be 21 and can serve up to five patients. Caregivers must undergo background checks and submit an application to the Bureau of Health.
Some wonder if it’s worth pursuing a card since recreational use may one day be legal in West Virginia. Firstly, there’s no telling when statewide recreational use will be legal. Secondly, a card gains a holder access to dispensaries anywhere in the state. Medical card holders are guaranteed the best grade of cannabis product, lab-tested and verified per state guidelines.
Resources for Medical Marijuana Patients in West Virginia
West Virginia’s medical marijuana program was passed into law in April of 2017. Lack of funding initially postponed the program, but legislation passed in 2019 addressed terminology, requirements, permits, schedules, and legal protection helped to further progress. The first medical cannabis dispensary in the state opened its doors in 2021.
Decriminalization efforts were rejected by voters in 2019. As the law currently stands, possession of (up to) 15 grams is labeled a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and $1,000 fine for first offenders.
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