West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin has announced a plan to address the state’s growing opioid epidemic. In a recent tweet, the candidate noted that “West Virginia leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. This state is also one of the poorest in the country. These issues are connected. I will vote for federal cannabis legalization & the efforts to lift up those affected by the War On Drugs.” Read More
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department has approved a resolution to permit medical marijuana sales throughout the county. The resolution was approved by a 3-2 vote at a recent Board of Health department meeting.
When West Virginia voted to legalize medical marijuana operations in the state, the legislature decreed that every county would decide for itself whether or not to allow cannabis operations. Cabell is just the latest county to affirm cannabis businesses. Read More
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects both children and adults, and some with the condition are turning to medical cannabis for symptoms like hyperactivity, lack of focus, and impulsive behavior. West Virginia is preparing to launch its own medical marijuana program after years of preparation, and while ADHD isn’t specifically recognized as a qualifying condition, some patients will still qualify for the program. Read More
There are several important West Virginia medical marijuana laws every patient must know. With the signing of Senate Bill SB 386, West Virginia became the 29th state to legalize medical cannabis. While this is a huge victory for advocates, it comes with some strict regulations that must be followed. Non-compliance with these medical marijuana laws in WV can result in hefty fines or even jail time. Read More
The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis recognizes cancer as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. If you are actively undergoing cancer treatment in the state of West Virginia, you may be able to supplement your therapy with cannabis and potentially improve your quality of life. Read More
Do you live with the constant pain of arthritis? Arthritis isn’t specifically listed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in West Virginia, but some sufferers may still qualify.
More than 54 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Of those sufferers, 23.7 million have experienced a significant impact to their quality of life.
Though arthritis, in a general sense, refers to any kind of joint inflammation, the term actually describes around 200 different rheumatoid conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissue. The pain and inflammation can make everyday tasks difficult, but some sufferers are finding relief in medical marijuana. Read More
As much as 40% of the U.S. population suffers from at least occasional bouts of insomnia. About 10-15% of Americans report having severe, chronic insomnia that makes it difficult for them to function. If you find yourself in this boat, and you’re hoping to obtain a West Virginia medical marijuana card to achieve better sleep, there’s good news and bad news.
Unfortunately, West Virginia does not recognize insomnia as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis. However, you may still qualify based on the underlying cause of your insomnia. Read More
It has been more than three years since West Virginia passed its medical marijuana bill into law, but the Office of Medical Cannabis is still not issuing cards to prospective patients. That may change very soon, though, as the program’s director, Jason Frame, recently confirmed that growers, processors, and dispensaries are being approved for licensure as we speak. If all goes according to plan, we can expect to see the program fully underway by the spring of 2021. Read More
The opioid epidemic is showing little indication of slowing in America, and West Virginia—like many states—is struggling to get the scourge under control. Opioids like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and heroin continue to pose a threat, but as the state prepares to launch its medical cannabis program, there may be some hope for a safer alternative on the horizon. Read More
Chronic inflammation can severely inhibit your quality of life, but studies show that cannabinoids (the active compounds in marijuana) may be effective in relieving anxiety symptoms. Inflammation is not specifically listed among West Virginia’s qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, but a number of inflammatory conditions do qualify.
If you live in West Virginia and are struggling with chronic inflammation, your eligibility for medical marijuana may depend largely on the source of your inflammation. Read More
Officials in West Virginia have reopened the application process for medical marijuana testing labs in the state. According to an announcement from the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), the Office of Medical Cannabis is now free to review applications indefinitely. Whereas grow facilities and dispensaries are limited to a finite number of licenses, there will be no cap on the number of medical testing facilities in the state.
About 8 million adults suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in any given year. Combat veterans are at an especially high risk, but the condition can affect anyone who has experienced significant trauma.
If you live in West Virginia and are struggling with this common disorder, you may qualify for medical marijuana treatment. PTSD is recognized by the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, but you’ll need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify. Read More
Putnam County voters have approved four ballot measures that will allow medical marijuana facilities to operate in cities like Hurricane and Nitro.
All four measures passed with more than 60% approval, which is notable for a county that’s predominantly conservative. Under the medical marijuana law passed in 2017, each county has the right to decline medical marijuana facilities, so these results are good news for prospective patients. Read More
West Virginia’s medical marijuana program has been in development since April of 2017, when the state Legislature approved SB 386. The law officially went into effect on July 1, 2019. Fast-forward one year later, and there are still no dispensaries open for business in the state. Read More