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West Virginia

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 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. 

What can you I right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

  • Read through the regulations and determine what business type you'd like to have.
  • Get our free starter package to give you a general overview of what to expect when West Virginia starts licensing marijuana businesses.
  • If you'll be seeking financing and investors or partners, you'll need a business plan to present to them. See our Medical Marijuana Business Plans page for details and get a business plan to fit your needs.
  • If you're serious and want to determine what moves you can be making right now to get a leg up on the competition for licenses - get one of our medical marijuana business consultation packages and let our expert Associates review your situation and instruct on the intelligent moves you could be making now to increase your chances of winning licenses.

How To Open a Dispensary in West Virginia

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.
  1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
  2. Create your Marijuana Retail Business Plan
  3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
  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 Infused Products or Marijuana Extractions 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 $50,00.

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