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Common conditions cannabis recommended for include
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn's Disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Huntington's Disease
- Intractable Seizures
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Neuropathic Pain - Neuropathies
- Parkinson's Disease (PD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe, Chronic or Intractable Pain of neuropathic origin.
- Severe, Chronic or Intractable Pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or has proved ineffective as determine as part of continuing care.
- Terminal Illness (Defined as a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one (1) year or less if illness runs its normal course)
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Refractory generalized anxiety disorder (Refractory GAD)
Conditions that cause persistent muscle spasms
Severe nausea and vomiting
Any debilitating illness or disease that requires hospice or palliative care, or is terminal
2017 – Governor Jim Justice signs Senate Bill 386 (SB 386), legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. The bill was introduced by Senator Richard Ojeda. Medical marijuana cards will be issued as of 2019.
Patients are permitted to possess a 30-day supply of cannabis-infused products. Patients may not possess herbal cannabis. Only pills, oils, topicals, tinctures or patches. Smoking cannabis is not permitted.
Home cultivation is prohibited.
Dispensaries are permitted, but not operational as of yet.
Caregiver program is available. Patients may have up to 2 caregivers at once. Caregivers may not have more than 5 patients under their care.
Patients may possess up to a 30-day supply, but no specifics are available as to what the 30-day supply constitutes or who can determine the amount a patient needs over 30 days. Medical marijuana patients cannot possess herbal cannabis, and must instead use cannabis-infused oils or liquids that can be vaporized. Topicals, patches or tinctures are also deemed acceptable forms of usage.
No telemedicine policy in place. HB 4463 and SB 320 would permit the practice of telemedicine in West Virginia. So far, an in-person examination is needed in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card.
No specific laws on cultivation as of yet regarding medical cannabis patients, but this means that growing cannabis is still illegal in West Virginia.
Unknown as of yet. Medical marijuana program is yet to start, so an application fee is difficult to determine so far.
Yes, but only for terminally ill cancer patients.
It can take up to 30 days to get a West Virginia medical marijuana card.
Expect it to take between 30 – 90 days (and some say 6 months), as West Virginia’s medical marijuana program is yet to begin.
You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for a West Virginia medical marijuana card. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.
Yes, should patient be aged under 18 or needs assistance accessing and using medical cannabis. A patient may not designate more than two caregivers. A caregiver may not serve more than five patients at any one time. Caregiver needs to be given on patient application form. Caregiver needs to fill out an application form as well.
Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. If under the age of eighteen (18), patients must have an authorized caregiver.
Patients must be diagnosed with one or more of the above Qualifying Condition(s).
Patients must register with the Bureau.
Qualified Patients must then obtain a physician’s certification and apply for a Medical Cannabis Identification Card and pay the application fee. Patients will then be able to obtain Medical Cannabis at a Licensed Dispensary.
Medical records detailing your qualifying condition(s).
Proof of identification – West Virginia state I.D. card, driver’s licence. For those aged under 18, a birth certificate is required as well.
Proof of residence – recent correspondence with a state department of West Virginia, bank statements, utility bills (cell phone bills not accepted), rental/mortgage agreement.
A bona fide relationship with a physician, including an in-person meeting.
No, as cannabis is federally illegal.