West Virginia’s medical marijuana program was approved back in 2017 and citizens have been anxiously awaiting its unveiling since then. Unfortunately, even as 2021 kicks off, West Virginia’s MMJ program still hasn’t. And how to get a medical card in West Virginia is not exactly set in stone yet.

To get you prepared for when this landmark program does go into effect, we’re talking all about current WV cannabis laws, who qualifies for this program, and how you’ll go about doing it when the time comes. 

Yes! Medical marijuana was legalized for those with specific medical conditions back in 2017. Unfortunately, the process has seemingly hit a standstill since then, as the program has yet to be rolled out even four years later. 

Though the process has been painfully slow, West Virginia is still in the works with their MMJ program. In 2020, the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis claimed that within two years patients should have access to their medical cannabis, so residents stay hopeful. 

The Office of Medical Cannabis has stated that they’re prepared to distribute around 30 dispensary licenses for businesses, but other sources have stated there could be more potential dispensaries across the state. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see.

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in West Virginia

To qualify for a medical card in West Virginia, you must have at least one of the following medical conditions outlined in their program:

  • Cancer
  • ALS
  • Neuropathies
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Severe, chronic, or intractable pain, which is neuropathic in origin, or else opiate and conventional therapy have proven ineffective as a means of treating the condition.
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Terminal illness
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • PTSD
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Damage to the spinal cord nervous tissue with an ‘objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity’
  • Intractable seizures
  • Epilepsy

How Do I Get a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?

Since West Virginia’s MMJ program has been in the works for a while, we have a good idea as to what to expect in terms of actually obtaining your card. At first glance, the process does appear to be much more stringent than other states; but, hey, at least they’re trying. 

First, to get your medical card in WV, you have to register with West Virginia’s Bureau of Public Health. To do this, you must be diagnosed with one of the state’s 15 qualifying conditions, and then obtain a physician’s certification from a Bureau-approved doctor. Like many other states, you must have a well-established relationship with this doctor: one of at least six months. After this time, you can ask them for a recommendation.

As soon as you’ve been approved, you’re then going to need to send in an MMJ card application alongside your physician’s certification. Finally, you’ll receive your actual medical ID card in the mail anywhere from 30-90 days after applying. The process is said to cost around $50, but this could change once actually implemented. 

Where Do I Go for Medical Marijuana in WV?

As of now, the actual locations of medical dispensaries in West Virginia are unknown. Since licenses have yet to be distributed, information surrounding these locations is still up in the air. The Office of Medical Cannabis has at least 30 licenses to distribute, and it is likely that the majority of these licenses will go to the counties with the highest populations. 

It’s important to know that, once you can purchase medical cannabis in West Virginia, your product options will be a bit limited. The state did not legalize the use of cannabis edibles or dried flower. 

Does My State Have Medical Marijuana Doctors?  

Currently, West Virginia’s medical marijuana program states that you must be evaluated by a licensed physician for at least six months. At the time, we aren’t sure about the status of telehealth visits, but if the program is unveiled within the next year or so, there is a good chance this will become a viable option. 

As soon as we know more, Elevate Holistics will continue to update you on West Virginia’s ongoing medical marijuana process.