State Senate backtracks on medical marijuana bill

State Senate backtracks on medical marijuana bill

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Sen. Charles Trump explains changes the Senate made to a medical marijuana bill passed out of the House of Delegates. CHARLESTON — Members of the West Virginia Senate took a significant step backward Saturday on changes to the state’s medical marijuana bill, throwing up roadblocks to legalizing smoking cannabis for medical purposes and scaling back increases in the number of growers, processors and dispensaries allowed under the revision to the medical cannabis bill passed last year. But it remained unclear Saturday as the clock ticked toward the midnight deadline to pass legislation whether the House of Delegates would even take up the amendment for consideration. House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles said at about 9 p.m. that he wasn’t yet sure if the House would be able to consider the Senate changes to the bill. He said the Senate may have waited too long to pass the bill back for consideration. 336×280 image ad Earlier in the day, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the Senate needed to do more work on the bill in order to get it into a form that would be accepted by the House of Delegates. The Senate Judiciary Committee had previously written a strike-and-insert amendment to House Bill 4345 that put minimum numbers of licensed growers and processors of medical cannabis at 50 and called for a minimum of 165 dispensaries. But Judiciary Chairman Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan, asked to withdraw the original committee amendment when House Bill 4345 came up on the Senate floor and substituted a brand new amendment. The new amendment reduced the number of dispensaries to 50s, with more to be added if needed. But the major change in the new amendment removed a road to allowing patients to smoke marijuana for medical purposes. The original amendment offered by the […]

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