5 Dispensaries Under West Virginia MMJ Proposal

West Virginia would allow five medical marijuana dispensaries to set up shop under a tentative proposal floated Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting.

Supporters are still crafting the actual legislation, meaning the bill eventually introduced in the legislature could look somewhat different. But the idea outlined at the committee meeting offers the first real peek at what the final legislation could look like.

Charles Roskovensky, chief counsel for the House Committee on Health and Human Resources, said the bill would let patients with cancer, glaucoma and other ailments possess up to six ounces of marijuana, according to the Centre Daily Times. The state would license and regulate up to five “compassion centers” that could sell cannabis to registered patients.

Capping the number of dispensaries has become a common feature of MMJ legislation in recent years, with states like Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and Nevada limiting the size of the industry.

Previously, most states didn’t specifically craft regulations on dispensaries (such as California, Michigan, Oregon, etc.), while one – Colorado – put in place strict rules but didn’t set numerical limits.

A previous bill to legalize medical marijuana in West Virginia stalled in the House earlier this year before even reaching a vote, despite strong support from the public (a recent poll found that 53% of voters back MMJ legalization). It marked the third consecutive time the lawmakers killed a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

Still, legislators agreed to study the issue further.

Industry lobbyists view West Virginia as a bubble state when it comes to medical marijuana legislation. They are hopeful but say it could go either way.

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3 comments on “5 Dispensaries Under West Virginia MMJ Proposal
  1. Paula Ramey on

    This would be of so much benefit on so many levels to our state! I believe it would curb the pill abuse problem in this area and generate much needed income for WV! Take Colorado’s shining example! It’s time to do the right thing for all 50 states! Legalize!!!


    what is wrong with West Virginia legislators, don’t they care about sick people at all. do they want to keep promoting pill abuse. r they for the doctors n big pharm companies, REMEMBER U R SUPPOSE TO WORK FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE PEOPLE, NOT DOCTORS N BIG PHARM COMPANIES. START TO DO UR JOB FOR THE PEOPLE. WV IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, STOP MAKING SICK PEOPLE CRIMINALS JUST BECAUSE THEY R SICK N NEED RELIEF

  3. Patricia Litten on

    i live three miles from the Md border, 20 miles from a mm distrbution site, but i cant use it, I LIVE IN GOOD BACK IN THE BOONIES OF WV. WAKE UP PEOPLE , WE R SUFFERING HERE TOO.

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