2017 session may be remembered for medical marijuana

The 2017 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature may be remembered as the year the Mountain State got medical marijuana.

From an idea that had no chance of passage at the beginning of the 60-day legislative session, the medical use of marijuana went from a proposal in the state Senate to a forced vote on the floor of the House of Delegates within the space of a few days.

If signed by Gov. Jim Justice, the measure would make West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical use of marijuana.

Two different bills to legalize marijuana were introduced in the House of Delegates early in the legislative session, including a detailed bill introduced by Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, setting up a commission that would deal with the medical use of the substance. Neither was allowed to be discharged from committee.

Marijuana legalization bills have been introduced in the House...

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