West Virginia

Mon
23
Aug

Discussions continue about allowing cannabis patients to grow plants

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The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will continue discussions about allowing West Virginians eligible to use medical marijuana to grow plants.

Board members met last week to continue discussions as well as possible concerns related to access to dispensaries and cost.

Gov. Jim Justice signed the state medical marijuana law in April 2017, which allows patients to use medical cannabis plants and products for medical treatment.

Rusty Williams, a patient advocate for the board, has supported allowing people to grow plants.

Fri
07
May

After Four Years, West Virginia Finally Opens Medical Cannabis Registration

It’s been four years since West Virginia legalized medical cannabis, and until now, they have not had an actual program in place for patients to get relief. Now, eligible patients can finally register and officially become a part of the program.

Wed
05
May

West Virginia businesses ask for closer look in medical cannabis rollout

With the medical marijuana industry set to open up in West Virginia in the Fall, some locals are hoping more West Virginia businesses will be granted permits to participate.

Chris Yeager is the head of Appalachian Cannabis, a veteran-owned business that distributes CBD products found it stores across the state. He had hoped to be one of the companies selected to help with the roll-out by applying for a vertical permit.

"It allows you to go from seed to sale. It really allows you to control the quality of the product you put out and you really have your finger on the pulse of the product."

Mon
08
Feb

Home grown? Medical cannabis companies mostly out-of-state

green background with white marijuana leaf and a white medical cross

Once again, out-of-state business entities and owners took the majority of dispensary and processor permits for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Medical Cannabis announced that 100 dispensaries between 32 companies with locations in 23 counties had been selected. The Office of Medical Cannabis announced the selection of 10 growers in October 2020 and 10 processors in November 2020.

Fri
05
Feb

West Virginia medical cannabis program still needs testing lab

spilled over medical cup with a stethescope

Growers, processors and dispensaries for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program have been selected with patients able to register for the program as of Wednesday, but the state still needs a lab partner to test the product.

Mon
01
Feb

More medical marijuana coming to West Virginia

31 companies are now permitted to start selling medicinal marijuana in West Virginia.

Something that advocates believe will help with our opioid problem here.

“We know that bringing a quality product and quality system decreases death related to opioid overdose,” said Dr. A. WIlliam Kedia, an Ohio physician who is also president of Terrasana; a dispensary that is moving to West Virginia. “It’s been proven over and over again in just about every state where you see a legalization of cannabis.”

And in a time where opioid overdoses and drug-related calls to our 9-1-1 centers are increasing due to the pandemic, advocates also add – this couldn’t come at a better time.

Mon
07
Dec

Why Southern States Are Still Pushing Back On Marijuana Legalization

a person reading an open book

The South may be quietly adjusting to the new legalization landscape. But for now, the good ol’ white guys prevail, and Christians have righteous morality straight from the Bible on their side.

As of the November elections, there are now 15 states and the District of Columbia who have legalized adult use. There are some 36 states that enacted or voted to enact medical marijuana laws.

Thu
03
Sep

Industrial hemp application period opens in West Virginia

West Virginia’s hemp industry is continuously growing.

“We have seen tremendous growth within the hemp industry these last few years,” West Virginia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said.

The number of West Virginia licensed industrial hemp growers jumped from 24 in 2017 to 305 in 2020. The producers who were granted a permit for the 2020 growing season planned on raising 2,531 acres of industrial hemp.

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture announced the opening of the application period for the state’s industrial hemp program for the 2021 growing season. It will be the fourth for commercial harvest of industrial hemp.

Wed
05
Aug

WVU researcher to study THC levels in industrial hemp

A researcher at West Virginia University has received $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp for two years.

Wed
22
Jul

Drug Overdoses Kill More People In West Virginia Than COVID-19

Trump talks about stopping our “endless wars”, but the Drug War has been going on longer than any of them, and the death rate is higher than all the rest combined.

Although no one will catch a “drug overdose” by sitting next to someone on a bus or at a bar, the widespread prevalence of drug abuse in a society does resemble an infectious disease epidemic in other ways. 

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