In each of the last four years, bills have been introduced in the West Virginia House that would have legalized marijuana for medical use in West Virginia. In 2015, the conversation moved to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson), Senate Majority Whip Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming), and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) showed strong leadership by sponsoring a medical marijuana bill, SB 546. An identical bill, HB 2909, was introduced in the House by Delegate Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson) and a bipartisan group of 10 co-sponsors.
These sensible, compassionate bills would have provided relief to patients with a variety of serious, debilitating conditions, but, unfortunately, legislative committees failed to take action and the bills did not advance. Patients and advocates will try again in 2016.
There are no current or pending regulations for medical marijuana businesses in the state.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will license marijuana businesses, you should: