West Virginia: Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Measure Into Law

Charleston, WV: Governor Jim Justin has signed legislation, SB 386, establishing a limited medical cannabis distribution program. West Virginia is the 30th state to authorize by statute the physicians-recommended use of cannabis or cannabis-infused products.

The program, which will not be operational until at least July 1, 2019, establishes regulations permitting the licensed production and distribution of cannabis-infused products, such as oils, pills, and tinctures. Qualified patients are not permitted to either cultivate their own cannabis or to possess herbal preparations of the plant. Similarly restrictive programs are presently in place in Minnesota and New York, and are awaiting implementation in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The law also imposes per se traffic safety limits criminalizing the operation of a vehicle with trace amounts of THC in a patient’s blood. NORML opposes such limits because the presence of THC is not a consistent indicator of either behavioral impairment or recent cannabis use.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.