Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Marijuana
Do I Qualify 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. If you’ve been diagnosed, or even think you could be experiencing one of these conditions, it pays to schedule a consultation with a doctor who will evaluate your medical history and provide guidance on how medical marijuana can enhance your life.
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 West Virginia.
2. Possess marijuana and marijuana products in West Virginia.
3. Consume marijuana and marijuana products in West Virginia.
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!
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. 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?
All patients deemed to be terminally ill, with an expected life span of less than one year, are eligible to receive medical marijuana in West Virginia. Additional qualifying conditions include:
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?
Patient registration for West Virginia’s medical marijuana program began in 2021, and licensed dispensaries are expected to open within the year. Go ahead and schedule an appointment with our expert team to begin the process of applying for your West Virginia medical marijuana card today.
When Will I Receive my West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
Within 30 days of application, if your application is approved. We estimate that you’ll receive your card within 30 days of application, if your application is approved. However, delays sometimes occur. By working with the compassionate team at Georgia Marijuana Card, you’ll have extra support navigating any challenges that arise while you’re waiting for your card or a renewal.
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?
Yes! Smoking and the sale of dry bud and flower were prohibited when the original medical marijuana program was approved in 2017. However, new 2020 legislation has reversed this decision. All approved forms of medical marijuana in West Virginia include:
Dry Leaf or plant form
Gels, creams, and ointments
Extracts formulated for vaporization or nebulization
Tinctures and other liquids
Meanwhile, new legislation to add edibles is pending.
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. 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. Meanwhile, the precise amount that constitutes a 30-day supply may differ between patients and must be specified by the prescribing doctor
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 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.
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 "designated caregiver" is selected by the patient and approved by the DHHR to obtain medical cannabis from an approved dispensary located in the state and to administer the cannabis to the patient. Patients may designate up to two caregivers for the state to approve.
How Do I Apply to Become a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in West Virginia?
Caregivers must undergo a criminal history background check, with fingerprints submitted, as part of the approval 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 for an identification card along with a registration fee, which may be waived or reduced in the event of financial hardship.
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
Can a West Virginia Caregiver Have More Than One Patient?
Yes. An approved caregiver may serve up to five patients at once. Meanwhile, a single patient may be served by up to two caregivers.
Can my Employer Still Drug Test Me for Marijuana If I Am A Patient?
Unfortunately, West Virginia does not protect 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.
I’m Ready to Schedule My Consultation with the Team at West Virginia Marijuana Card! Is My Personal Information Kept Confidential?
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.
When can I apply for my West Virginia marijuana card?
West Virginia is currently registering patients with the expectation that dispensaries will open in 2021. You can start the process with us at West Virginia Marijuana Card, by calling 833-303-8424, Monday through Saturday, or by scheduling online today!