How To Get A West Virginia Marijuana Card
Is Medical Marijuana Legal In West Virginia?
West Virginia's medical marijuana law was passed in April of 2017 and went into effect on July 1, 2019, however, the program is not yet up and running. As of today, there are no open medical marijuana dispensaries. The good news is that the wait is almost over! West Virginia’s medical marijuana program is picking up steam, with the first dispensaries open for business, providing cannabis medicine to West Virginians later in 2020.
How to Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia
In order to qualify for a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card so you can legally purchase medical marijuana from one of the dispensaries, once they are open, you must fulfill the following qualifications:
Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition
Have the official written certification from a West Virginia licensed physician; and
Be a West Virginia resident with proof of residency (WV Driver’s License or WV State ID card).
What Conditions Are Approved For Treatment with Medical Marijuana?
The statute defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:
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)
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
Can be diagnosed by a medical doctor, licensed counselor, or psychologist
Medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course
3 Easy Steps
Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout the State!
Visit our office for your in-person evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your West Virginia medical marijuana card.
How to Get Approved for a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card
If you have previously been diagnosed with a qualifying condition, or believe you currently suffer from one, you are most likely eligible for a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card. The next step in the process is to find a compassionate doctor to review your condition(s) and if appropriate, recommend marijuana as part of your treatment plan.
All West Virginia medical marijuana physicians must complete a 4-hour training course that is developed by the West Virginia Department of Human and Health Resources Bureau, along with being registered with the state to determine that they are qualified to treat a serious medical condition.
Once you've identified the doctor you wish to see, you will need to schedule an in-person physical evaluation. At the appointment, you and your medical marijuana doctor will likely discuss your condition, as well as your medical history. Please note, that it is always helpful for the doctor to have access to your medical records, if available.
If your West Virginia medical marijuana doctor is able to confirm your qualifying condition and believes medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment option, you will receive a signed certification from the West Virginia marijuana doctor recommending medical marijuana and or medical marijuana products as part of your treatment plan. This signed recommendation will then be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources along with a $50 annual registration fee.
Once the state has processed both the recommendation and fee, you will be added to the patient registry and receive your West Virginia medical marijuana identification card. At West Virginia Marijuana Card, we take care of submitting your application to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to make the process as easy as possible for you and will stick with you every step of the way until you have received your West Virginia medical marijuana card and beyond.
If you need guidance on where to find a dispensary or have questions about getting a replacement card or anything else, we are here for you!
At the appointment, you and your certified marijuana doctor will discuss your medical condition(s) and treatment history. It is helpful if you can bring any relevant medical records documenting your qualifying condition. By bringing your medical records to the appointment, you significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a recommendation from the doctor during your appointment.
The doctor's signed recommendation, with the aid of our physician support staff, will then be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. You will be responsible for the state’s $50 registration fee. Once you have paid your fee and the state has received your marijuana doctor’s certification, you will be entered into the patient registry. After your submission, you will receive your West Virginia Medical Marijuana card in the mail (or via email).
What Information and Forms are Required When a Patient Applies for a West Virginia Marijuana Card?
The following are required when submitting your application:
• The application form
• The completed Physician Written Certification
• Photocopy of your West Virginia issued driver's license or state ID, please be aware that your name and address on your application form must match what is listed on your West Virginia driver's license or ID
• The nonrefundable $50 application fee.
How To Find A Medical Marijuana Doctor In West Virginia
With West Virginia's medical marijuana program officially launching within the next few months, people across the State of West Virginia are actively exploring how they can become a patient and access the dispensaries to obtain their medical marijuana. In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in West Virginia, patients must first find a physician licensed by the State of West Virginia, schedule an in-person evaluation, and be identified as having one or more of the qualifying conditions to receive a recommendation.
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting Your 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.
Why Get A West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
If you currently suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions, we strongly suggest that you initiate your treatment regimen under the supervision of a physician who has the training, compassion and belief in the medicinal qualities inherent in cannabis. At West Virginia Marijuana Card, all of our doctors are not only licensed under the State of West Virginia but also have taken additional continuing medical education cannabis courses to ensure that they have critical and recent information related to the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana.
We also believe that any Medical Marijuana products should be purchased from a licensed dispensary. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources supports the use of medical marijuana (in its various forms) as a low risk and successful method of treatment for any one or more of the qualifying conditions. With your West Virginia medical marijuana card in hand, you'll be able to access all West Virginia dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana. These state-licensed marijuana dispensaries will carry many forms of medical marijuana in varying strengths and potency. You will be able to buy products such as tinctures, oils, topicals, pills and dermal patches.
Your West Virginia Marijuana Card makes it easy for you to demonstrate to law enforcement that you are registered with West Virginia's Medical Marijuana Control, and thereby allowed to possess, transport, and consume medical marijuana products.
Access To Other States
A West Virginia Marijuana Card gets you access to all dispensaries located within the state. That's a given, but you might end up getting more value than you originally anticipated. Many states with medical marijuana laws already on the books offer reciprocity with their program. What this means is that your marijuana card from West Virginia will allow you to purchase marijuana in states that have similar requirements.
I Have A Qualifying Medical Condition, Now How Do I Get Approved?
If you are currently living with one of the conditions listed above, then you are eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in West Virginia. However, before you can walk into dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana, you will need a West Virginia Marijuana card. The easiest way to obtain one is through our services here at West Virginia Marijuana Card.
What Is A West Virginia Marijuana Card?
A West Virginia Marijuana card (sometimes referred to as an "affirmative defense" card) is simply the patient identification card that you will receive from the Department of Health once you've been registered as a medical marijuana patient in the state of West Virginia. With your card in hand, you'll have all of the legal rights and benefits granted to patients under the State's medical marijuana laws. The card itself will look similar to any other identification card you might have. It will have your picture on it, your address, and a unique patient identification number.
West Virginia Marijuana Card understands that the medical marijuana laws in West Virginia can be confusing, and that your primary care physician may not be prepared to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option if you have a qualifying condition. That is why West Virginia Marijuana Card removes the guesswork and stress from this process. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to submitting your recommendation to the Department of Health and Human Resources after your appointment. Also, we have the most affordable pricing anywhere in the state of West Virginia!