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 no more than 30 dispensary permits, all of which will be regulated by the Bureau of Health.
As of right now, the state has not indicated when they will open the licensing period to would-be entrepreneurs. But they are putting all the details together for implementation, with licensing happening in 2019.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:
The state will allow 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.
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.
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 $50,00.