It has taken years to get here — in fact, the West Virginia Legislature passed the law back in 2017. It was supposed to kick of this past spring, patients were told last year. But thousands of people in West Virginia are finally getting a green light to roll a joint for medicinal use.
Since the spring, the DHHR has had 4,000 people sign up online, with 3,000 of those already approved. But, they believe some eligible patients are slipping through the cracks for medical Cannabis.
West Virginia’s Office of Medical Cannabis is hosting in-person sign-up events. These in-person events are to help folks who are having difficulty signing up online.
Patients will need proof of residency, $50 for the application fee, and to have an authorization from a registered West Virginia physician.
The DHHR says 99.9 percent of those who submit proper applications are approved.
First Time Ever In West Virginia
This is the first time ever that West Virginia has had an application like this. State lawmakers approved marijuana for medical use in 2017, to the relief of many patients in the Mountain State.
“The legislature passed the medical cannabis act to provide another treatment option,” said Jason Frame, director of the Office of Medical Cannabis. “Perhaps it helps alleviate nausea for a cancer patient or help with appetite in that same scenario. It’s just another tool in the toolbox physicians can use for their patients.”
Both in-person and telehealth sign-ups are available. Patients can still register if they don’t yet have a physician’s note.
Cards Good For One Year
The medical cards are good for one year. But it’s key to note that actual medical marijuana dispensaries are still not open in West Virginia. But the dispensaries will open for business in the next couple of months, according to the DHHR. So, patients are hoping they’ll be open by Christmas or perhaps the end of the year.
The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis will host public signup events for medical Cannabis patients from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 19 at the Hancock County DHHR Office, 100 Municipal Plaza, Suite 600, 2nd floor, Weirton, W.V. There will be another signup event on Wednesday, October 20 at the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, 1500 Chapline Street, Suite 106, 1st Floor, City/County Building, Wheeling, W.V.
For more information on what to bring or where to get your in-person signup, click here.