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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in West Virginia?

Under the new regulations, enacted as of April 2017, West Virginia will be open for medical marijuana businesses. The only forms of medical cannabis allowed are pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquid and non-whole plant forms for administration through vaporization. The state will allow 10 grower permits (with up to two locations each), up to 10 processor permits, and 30 dispensary permits (with no more than five in any region). All of which will be regulated by the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC).

The OMC will begin accepting permit applications for medical cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries on December 19, 2019.  The announcement of upcoming application availability is the first step in the process of permitting industry applicants. 

A link to the web-based application will be available at beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST, on December 19, 2019.  No paper option will be available. The application period will be open for 60 days, ending on February 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.  After February 18, 2020, no additional applications will be accepted.

What can I do right now?

To be prepared when the state starts licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

  • Read through the regulations.
  • Grab our Starter Package to get a detailed rundown of everything you need to know and do right now to get your business going and prepared for licensing.

How To Open a Dispensary in West Virginia

The state allows potential business owners to open a dispensary in West Virginia. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license marijuana dispensaries for operation or not.

Applicants will pay $2,500 per dispensary application and registration fee of $10,000 for each location.
  1. There's a lot of details to have in place, as well as determine what your city and county will allow, so grab our Starter Package before doing anything else. 
  2. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
  3. Create your Marijuana Retail Business Plan
  4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
  5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
  6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in West Virginia

The situation is nearly identical to that of dispensaries. The city and county would need to allow you to be licensed before you can be allowed to cultivate for medical purposes. The only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and product manufacturers to grow marijuana for them. Applicants will pay $5,000 for grower application and registration fee of $50,000.

    How To Start a Marijuana Processor Business in West Virginia

    These types of business are allowed where you will be contracting with dispensaries to provide your products to patients. The steps are similar to all the other businesses. Applicants will pay $5,000 for processor application and registration fee of $50,000.

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