Frequently Asked Questions
Who Qualifies for Medical Marijuana in the State of West Virginia?
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has approved a number of qualifying conditions that will allow patients to access medical marijuana in West Virginia.
Why Do I Need a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
A West Virginia Marijuana Card shows that your name has been added to the West Virginia medical marijuana registry by a licensed West Virginia physician. With this card, you can:
1. Buy marijuana from dispensaries in the State of West Virginia
2. Possess Marijuana and Marijuana Products in the West Virginia
3. Consume Marijuana and Marijuana Products in the West Virginia
A West Virginia Marijuana Card is a personal identification card that shows the patient is a legal registered medical marijuana patient.
How Do I Get a West Virginia Marijuana Card?
To obtain your West Virginia marijuana card, you need to have a West Virginia doctor confirm that you suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions and recommend medical marijuana to you. Our staff at West Virginia Marijuana Card is here to simplify the process, connecting you with a certified doctor and filing all your necessary paperwork!
1. Register with the Department of Health and Human Resources
2. Obtain a physician’s certification that you suffer from one of the 15 serious medical conditions, as defined by the DHHR.
3. Apply for a West Virginia marijuana card and submit the application fee.
(This process is still being developed by the Bureau. The Bureau will communicate with the public as the registration process becomes available.)
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting a West Virginia Marijuana Doctor Office?
We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments. However, you do not have to worry as the entire cost of an appointment will be a nominal flat fee if you, for whatever reason, are not approved by the doctor.
What Conditions Make a Patient Eligible for Medical Marijuana in West Virginia?
The statute defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:
Positive status for HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
Neuropathies (Weakness, numbness, pain from nerve damage)
Can be diagnosed by a medical doctor, licensed counselor, or psychologist
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 has proved ineffective
Medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course
How Do I Get a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
Our team specializes in helping patients across the state of West Virginia obtain their medical marijuana cards. With locations in all major West Virginia cities, our doctors are here to help you through the process. Give us a call, or send us a message, if you’d like to find out more information about how you can get your medical marijuana card in West Virginia.
When Can I Apply for my West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
The department will begin to accept applications on July 1, 2019. The Department anticipates an online application process.
When Will I Receive my West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
Within 30 days of application, if your application is approved.
How Much Does It Cost to Get my West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
Some doctors charge an exorbitant amount of money just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for medical marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. As such, we offer a variety of payment methods, including monthly payment plan options and discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months.
Where Can Patients Purchase Medical Marijuana in West Virginia?
Once you have obtained a recommendation from a certified doctor and received your West Virginia Marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any licensed dispensary located throughout the state of West Virginia
Where Will Dispensaries be Located in West Virginia?
West Virginia currently has 100 licenses reserved for dispensaries. For a detailed look at where to find your nearest dispensary, visit our dispensary location master list.
Can I Smoke Medical Marijuana in West Virginia?
No. It is prohibited in West Virginia to smoke medical marijuana as dry bud and flower will not be sold at dispensaries. The state also prohibits medical marijuana in the form of edibles.
How Much Medical Marijuana Can Be Purchased At West Virginia Dispensaries?
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources states that patients or caregivers may not possess an amount of medical cannabis that exceeds a 30-day supply of individual does. During the last 7 days of any 30-day period, a patient may obtain and possess a 30-day supply for the subsequent 30-day period.
Can I Grow my Own Medical Marijuana in West Virginia?
No. It is prohibited for patients to grow their own medical marijuana in West Virginia.
Will My Insurance or Medicaid Pay For Medical Marijuana?
We encourage you to contact your your insurance provider or Medicaid official for an answer; however, we are not aware of any insurance providers that cover the costs of medical marijuana at present.
How Much Will Medical Marijuana Cost?
The cost of medical marijuana will be set by each dispensary. At this point, it isn’t clear what those prices will be exactly.
Does West Virginia Have Reciprocity with Other States?
The DHHR may enter into reciprocity agreements with any states that have comparable requirements for the use and lawful purchase of medical cannabis in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Act to allow terminally ill cancer patients to purchase medical cannabis in another state.
What Is a Designated Caregiver, and How Many Can I Have?
A "caregiver" who is designated by the patient and approved by the DHHR will be able to obtain medical cannabis from an approved dispensary located in the state that has a validly-issued permit from the Bureau in order for the caregiver to deliver medical cannabis to the patient. When a patient submits an application to the Bureau for an identification card, he or she may designate up to two caregivers.
How Do I Apply to Become a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in West Virginia?
Caregivers must first undergo a criminal history background check, with fingerprints submitted, as part of the caregiver process. Any applicant who has been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the felony sale or possession of drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances that occurred within the past 5 years will have their application denied by the state. Caregivers must also submit an application to the Bureau for an identification card, and be registered with the Bureau. The Bureau will make applications for caregivers available on its website. There is a $50 processing fee for caregiver applications, but the Bureau may waive or reduce the fee if the applicant demonstrates financial hardship on the application.
Do I Need a Caregiver Card to Purchase Medical Marijuana For My Child?
Patients under the age of 18 with a serious medical condition may obtain a West Virginia Marijuana Card through a caregiver. For patients under the age of 18, a caregiver may be a parent or legal guardian, a person designated by a parent or guardian, or an individual approved by the DHHR upon a sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is appropriate or available. The caregiver must undergo a criminal history background check, apply for an identification card, and be registered with the DHHR. The patient must also have a West Virginia Marijuana Card.
Can a West Virginia Caregiver Have More Than One Patient?
Yes. A caregiver may be designated by up to five patients. Before obtaining medical marijuana for a patient, however, a caregiver must apply for and obtain a West Virginia Marijuana Card and be registered. A patient may have up to two caregivers at any one time.
Can my Employer Still Drug Test Me for Marijuana If I Am A Patient?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. West Virginia does not provide protection to medical marijuana patients from employee drug testing. It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's medical marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. However, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based on an individual’s past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient.
Is my Personal Information Kept Private?
The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we make sure all patient information is kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system.