West Virginia

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. 

Thu
02
Jul

West Virginia To Revisit Medical Cannabis Lab Applications

Monday, June 29, West Virginia officially announced the plan to reopen their application process for medical cannabis testing labs so that more labs can get registered and their medical cannabis testing program can get off the ground.

Wed
27
May

West Virginia Physicians Can Soon Register to Prescribe Cannabis

As of this week, on Thursday, May 28, physicians in West Virginia will be able to register with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources so that they can prescribe medical cannabis to hopeful, future patients in the state.  

Fri
15
May

West Virginia Cashing in on CBD: Hemp farmers apply for permits as new rules go into effect

While it may be hard to describe what exactly hemp is, it is easy to say what it’s not: marijuana.

Industrial hemp is a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years, used extensively for making rope and textiles. Hemp-fiber remnants have been found in Mesopotamia from the B.C. era and China in the early A.D. years.

In West Virginia, hemp production began statewide in 2014 with a pilot program. Nationwide, industrial hemp legalization was included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Fri
03
Apr

USDA Approves More State Hemp Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week the approval of hemp production plans for two more states and three more Indian tribes.

The states to get the green light were South Carolina and West Virginia, making them the thirteenth and fourteenth states to gain approval. The tribe plans approved this week were for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Thu
23
Jan

West Virginia Lawmaker Plans to Introduce Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Could West Virginia be the latest state to relax its marijuana laws? Democratic lawmakers there are sending signals that they are ready.

One such legislator, state Delegate Sammi Brown, said that she intends to re-introduce a version of a bill she offered up in last year’s session that aims to “normalize” cannabis.

“What if we had something that put a big green light out there, no pun intended, that said come on home, and this might be it,” Brown said, as quoted by local television station WOWK.

Thu
19
Dec

West Virginia (Very Slowly) Getting Ready For Medical Cannabis

The application process for medical cannabis growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories in West Virginia (finally) kicks off on Thursday local time.

Applications can be lodged online only and the application period will end on February 18, 2020 – no additional submissions will be accepted after that time.

“This is a key step in the process to make medical cannabis available to West Virginians with serious medical conditions,” said Jason Frame, Director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis last month.

Wed
20
Nov

West Virginia to begin accepting medical marijuana permit applications

West Virginia will soon begin accepting permit applications for medical cannabis.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health will accept applications for growers, processors, dispensaries, and laboratories beginning Dec. 19.

"The announcement of upcoming application availability is the first step in the process of permitting industry applicants," a DHHR press release states.

The application is online only. The application period will remain open for 60 days. Feb. 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. is the cutoff.

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