If you believe you have a qualifying medical condition, you must first consult with a doctor who is registered with the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis. Before you can ask the doctor for a recommendation, you must have a legitimate doctor-patient relationship for at least six months.
Not every MD or DO in West Virginia is registered with OMC. Here’s a list of West Virginia physicians registered to recommend medical marijuana.
You must consult with a doctor on the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis’ approved list of physicians (Note: These physicians had to complete mandatory training on cannabis). The majority of regular physicians have not received additional medical marijuana training. Before being certified for MMJ in West Virginia, patients must have at least a 6-month relationship with their physician.
Once the doctor has approved you, you must submit your application along with the signed certification. Please keep in mind that your doctor will continue to monitor your condition to determine whether you still need to use cannabis. If he determines that you do not, he must notify the West Virginia OMC and state that you no longer require medical marijuana to treat your condition.
When providing you with the certification, your physician must inform the Bureau that you are likely to benefit from the use of medical marijuana for palliative or therapeutic purposes. They must also state that treatments for your condition, such as the use of opioids, have proven ineffective.
Digital photo of passport quality
Photo ID, such as a copy of your driver’s license
Proof of West Virginia residency. Check out this link: West Virginia Proof of Residency Documents.
Click on Acceptable Proof Documents
Then click on Proof of West Virginia Residency Documents
A copy of the completed Patient Certification form provided by your doctor o If you are requesting a fee waiver due to financial hardship (income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level), provide acceptable proof of income, such as a W-2, recent pay stubs, proof of benefit eligibility, and so on. If the waiver is not granted, you will be notified and will be required to pay the fee at that time. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please do not send payment.
You can purchase marijuana from an approved dispensary once you have received your WV MMJ card. Charleston, Elkins, South Charleston, Huntington, Clarksburg, and Wheeling are among the towns that can host a dispensary.
The state has yet to reveal where the dispensaries will be located. The number of dispensary licenses issued could range between 30 and 100. Interestingly, according to the program, dispensaries are not permitted to sell marijuana edibles or flower.
Severe, chronic, or intractable pain, which is neuropathic in origin, or else opiate and conventional therapy have proven ineffective as a means of treating the condition.
Sickle cell anemia
Damage to the spinal cord nervous tissue with an ‘objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity’
Your West Virginia mmj card will last you 12 months (1 year) and then you will need to renew.
Minors (patients under the age of 18) can obtain medical marijuana through a caregiver, who can be a parent or legal guardian. If no appropriate parent or legal guardian is available, they may use any individual approved by the Bureau.
No, home cultivation is not permitted in the current version of the program. Patients can only get cannabis from regulated West Virginia dispensaries once they open.
Patients will most likely pay $50, though you may be able to get it for free if you can demonstrate ‘financial hardship.’ Based on previous experience in other states, the physician’s fee will most likely range between $200 and $300.
The medical marijuana program in West Virginia is fairly straightforward. There are currently 15 qualifying conditions one must meet to be eligible for an MMJ card.
Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. If under the age of eighteen (18), patients must have an authorized caregiver.
Patients must be diagnosed with one or more of the above Qualifying Condition(s).
Patients must register with the Bureau.
Qualified Patients must then obtain a physician’s certification and apply for a Medical Cannabis Identification Card and pay the application fee.
Patients will then be able to obtain Medical Cannabis at a Licensed Dispensary.
No. Unless all, or at least the majority, of health insurers agree to cover medical cannabis, none of them will. Or it could take a long time for them to start covering it. It poses a significant risk to insurers.
When purchasing cannabis, patients must present a valid state ID as well as a medical marijuana card.
There are currently no dispensaries that offer marijuana delivery. While this is the case, it has not been banned and is at the discretion of local municipalities.
There are no restrictions on the hours that dispensaries can operate at the moment. Check the hours of operation at your nearest dispensary at Where’s Weed.
Those with a medical marijuana card may purchase no more than one 30-day supply of medicine at a time. The patient’s doctor decides on this.
Other non-whole plant forms
West Virginia law requires that all healthcare practitioners establish a physician-patient relationship with a patient for at least six months before providing a diagnosis or treatment or certifying the patient for a medical marijuana recommendation — telemedicine may be used to meet this requirement.
Before providing telemedicine services, all health care practitioners must obtain a patient’s informed consent — the method for which has yet to be defined.