Patient registration open for state medical cannabis program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis is now reviewing applications from West Virginians with serious medical conditions for medical cannabis patient cards.

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act permits West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions to use forms of cannabis certified for medical use. Once approved, patients will have access to pills, oils, gels, creams, or ointments, forms suitable vaporization or nebulization, plant form, tincture, liquid and dermal patches.

“There are many West Virginians who are experiencing chronic pain due to a serious medical condition,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health. “Registering for a medical cannabis card through the web portal will ensure these patients will have access to medical cannabis at the time products are available, which is anticipated by fall 2021.”

A list of physicians registered to certify patients as eligible for the use of medical cannabis is available on the website. Though the registered physician will certify that the patient is eligible, the patient must apply for a patient identification card on the website.

Physicians interested in obtaining authorization to certify medical cannabis patients must complete an approved 4-hour course along with the registration application, which can be found here.