Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes
Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No
2018 Medical Sales : N/A
2022 Projected Medical Sales : $36,000,000.00
2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A
2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A
Noteworthy Information: The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law on April 19, 2017. Cannabis can be in the following forms: pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form unless dry leaf or plant forms become acceptable under rules adopted by the Bureau for Public Health; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch. The Bureau for Public Health may not issue the patient and caregiver identification cards necessary to obtain medical cannabis until July 1, 2019. Up to that time, the Bureau will be preparing to issue formal rules in a sequential manner to implement the Act.
Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (Bureau of Public health- Office of Medical Cannabis)
# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): 30 allowed (0 issued)
# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): 10 allowed (0 Issued)
# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): 10 allowed (0 issued)
# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): N/A
Geographic Distribution of Licenses: In its regulations, the Bureau is required to establish a minimum of three regions within this state for the purpose of granting permits to grower/processors and dispensaries. The Statute explains that “The bureau shall approve permits for growers, processors and dispensaries in a manner which will provide an adequate amount of medical cannabis to patients and caregivers in all areas of this State.” and that it will have to consider the following factors when issuing a permit: (1) Regional population. (2) The number of patients suffering from serious medical conditions. (3) The types of serious medical conditions. (4) Access to public transportation. (5) Approval by local health departments. (6) Whether the county has disallowed the location of a grower, processor or dispensary. (7) Any other factor the bureau deems relevant.
Initial application fee for grower/processor = $5,000
Initial application fee for dispensary = $2,500
Amended application fee = $250
Permit fee for grower/processor = $50,000
Permit fee for dispensary = $10,000
Permit Renewal fee for grower/processor = $5,000
Permit Renewal fee for dispensary = $2,500
Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited:
Prohibited (A grower or processor may not be a dispensary)
Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions:
• Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
• Parkinson’s disease.
• Multiple sclerosis.
• Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of
• Huntington’s disease.
• Crohn’s disease.
• Post-traumatic stress disorder.
• Intractable seizures.
• Sickle cell anemia.
• Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable
pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated
or has proved ineffective as determined as part of continuing care.
• Terminal illness that is defined as a medical prognosis of life expectancy of
approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course.