WV DHHR in early stages of medical marijuana planning

WV DHHR in early stages of medical marijuana planning

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is “in the preliminary stage” of developing a plan for implementation of West Virginia’s medical marijuana law, according to state officials, and 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 the nominee — Joe Hatton, deputy commissioner for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386 , permitting doctors to recommend marijuana be used for medicinal purposes and establishing a regulatory system in West Virginia, into law on April 19. The law states that no patient or caregiver ID cards will be issued until July of 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. It also links to a 2013 announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that was written in response to states’ medical marijuana laws and lists enforcement priorities for the department. The memo states that “in jurisdictions that have enacted laws legalizing marijuana in some form and that have also implemented strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems to control the cultivation, distribution, sale, and possession of marijuana, conduct in compliance with those laws and regulations” is less likely to threaten federal enforcement priorities. The memo also cites previous guidance, which stated “that it was likely not an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement resources on seriously ill individuals, or on their individual caregivers.” The website states that the Bureau for Public Health remains “in the […]

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