When Will Dispensaries Be Open In WV?
That is the question! West Virginia’s medical marijuana program is open for registration but as of now there are no dispensaries open to purchase medical marijuana.
So when are the dispensaries going to be open? Why has the process taken so long?
Cozy on in for a spell and we will tell you everything you need to know!
What’s Going On With WV’s Medical Marijuana Program?
In 2017, Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386 which made West Virginia the 29th state in the U.S. to pass a legal medical marijuana program. The bill had overwhelming support with a 28-6 vote in the Senate and a 76-24 vote in the House.
Since this bill was passed, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes to get West Virginia where it needs to be before dispensaries open.
In 2018, the advisory board recommended adding cannabis flower to the program. In 2020, “dry leaf or plant form” was passed via SB 339.
The program was initially delayed because there were concerns about banking services for the medical marijuana businesses in the state. This became of great concern to many when Southern District U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart threated to prosecute businesses that entered into the medical marijuana industry.
In 2019, HB 2538 addressed these issues by allowing credit unions to bid for West Virginia’s account and also added protection for state employees from potential prosecution.
In the same year, SB 1037 passed which allowed vertical integration for dispensaries and also increased the number of dispensaries coming into the state.
The most recent news, in February this year, the registration for patients entering into the medical marijuana program opened!
As you can see, there is a lot of work being done by the state behind the scenes even though we don’t always see the effects right away.
Dispensary Details in West Virginia
In February of this year, the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) posted a list of the 100 dispensary permit holders. Below is a simplified list of the entities that hold these permits and will have dispensaries in the state:
Harvest Care Medical
Yuma Way WV
Holistic WV Farms I
Mountaineer Integrated Care
The Healing Center WV
V3 WV Vending
Capital City Health and Wellness
The Next Level Wellness
Green Leaf Medical of West Virginia
Greenhouse Wellness WV Dispensaries
Logan Investment Partners
New Leaf WV
CAMO Medical West Virginia
Solevo Wellness West Virginia
With these 100 dispensaries opening all over the Mountain State, jobs are coming with them! Many of the dispensaries are holding off hiring until construction of the dispensary itself is finalized. That way people aren’t waiting for months for their jobs to start.
Dispensaries have not let out an final dates on exactly when they will be up and running. They have shared that they hope to be ready by the end of the summer for West Virginia residents with medical marijuana cards.
How Do I Get My Medical Marijuana Card?
We can help you with this!
In order to get a medical marijuana card in West Virginia and access dispensaries once they are open you must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition, have written certification from a licensed physician in the state, and proof of residency.
We will assist you every step of the way! Call us at (877) 303-8424 or schedule an appointment on online.
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West Virginia Marijuana Card’s mission is to everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
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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