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West Virginia in the Early Stages of Medical Marijuana Law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia officials said they are in the early stages of developing a plan to implement the state’s new medical-marijuana law.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has devoted a section of its website to frequently asked questions and more information.

Only one agency responsible for nominating a member to the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has publicly announced its nominee — Joe Hatton, deputy commissioner of the state agriculture department.

Gov. Jim Justice signed the medical-marijuana measure into law April 19.

The law permits doctors to recommend marijuana be used for medicinal purposes and establishes a regulatory system. The law states that no patient or caregiver identification cards will be issued until July 2019.

Lawmakers gave DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health oversight and tasked the bureau with creating an online source of public information.

The section of the website, found at www.dhhr.gov/bph/pages/medical-cannabis-program.aspx, links to frequently asked questions for patients and caregivers, growers and processors, potential dispensary owners and physicians.

DHHR currently is engaged in rule-making, which means the process of agencies writing the specific plans for implementing laws that the West Virginia Legislature passes. [Read more at Herald-Mail Media]

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