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Important Information for Caregivers About Medical Marijuana


Maybe medical marijuana is not for you, but maybe you know somebody who could benefit from it: a parent, a friend, a grandparent. Have you ever thought about becoming a caregiver for this person?


When talking about marijuana, a caregiver is a person who is designated to supply cannabis to a patient for medical purposes. Each state has different rules for caregivers, so we'll explain the laws for West Virginia in particular.


Caregivers often serve patients who cannot retrieve the medicine themselves because they are homebound, or too sick to leave their home. Children can also have caregivers since they are not allowed in dispensaries, but some states allow them to get their medical marijuana card. This is the case in West Virginia.


How to Become a Caregiver

As we previously mentioned, caregiver laws vary by state, but here is some useful information on how to become a caregiver in West Virginia:


In West Virginia, a caregiver is defined as “an individual, 21 years of age or older unless otherwise authorized by the Bureau, who is:

  • Designated by a patient or, if the patient is under 18 years of age, an individual that is a parent or legal guardian of the patient

  • An individual designated by a patient or legal guardian

  • An appropriate individual approved by the Bureau upon sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is appropriate or available

In order to become a caregiver in West Virginia, eligible prospects must submit an application online and undergo a criminal history background check.


Who Would Make a Good Caregiver?

If you are going to choose someone to be your caregiver, you should ask someone who is very reliable and a person you can count on. The person should be willing to learn about marijuana laws in your state, as well as the benefits of marijuana.


Your caregiver must familiarize themselves with applicable laws and regulations regarding purchasing and transporting cannabis. It is also helpful if they know about the effects and strains of cannabis, so they can help the dispensary employees pick out the best type of medicine for your personal needs.


Ideally, your caregiver should have their own mode of transportation, so they can bring you your medication. Your caregiver should feel comfortable with the effects cannabis can have on a person.


A caregiver can have more than one patient, but a patient cannot have more than one caregiver. Some caregivers also provide patient transportation to and from dispensaries or doctor’s appointments.


Caregiver Responsibilities

  • Make sure patient has an active West Virginia marijuana card

  • Legally access and purchase cannabis for patient

  • Safely transport patient medication

  • Caregivers can grow their own marijuana in West Virginia for their patients

  • Comply with cultivation laws and regulations

  • Administer medicine for patients if needed


Caregiver Rules

  • Cannot consume any of their patient’s cannabis supply

  • Cannot cultivate cannabis for anyone other than their designated patients

  • Cannot give away or sell their patient’s cannabis

Become or Contract a Caregiver Today

In order to be or get a caregiver in the state of West Virginia, you will both be required to get your own medical marijuana card. If you don’t already have one, don’t worry: we can help with that!


You can even get your medical marijuana card online from the comfort of your own home with West Virginia Marijuana Card!


To get your medical card online in West Virginia, simply schedule your medical marijuana evaluation appointment today and get access to legal marijuana products available at dispensaries!


Being a West Virginia medical marijuana patient allows you the freedom to establish your own personalized treatment plan. We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way!


Feel free to give us a call at 877-303-8424 and we can answer your questions about getting a medical marijuana card in West Virginia.


 

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If you have any questions, call us at 877-303-8424, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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