West Virginia is set to launch the application process for medical marijuana cultivators, processors, dispensaries, and laboratories by the end of this month.
They are only accepting online applications, and the application deadline is on February 18, 2020. This means that the department will not accept applications past the deadline.
In the month of November, the Director of West Virginia Office of Medical Marijuana, Jason Frame, said that the launch of the application process is a step toward availing medical cannabis to the residents of West Virginians who are suffering from serious medical ailments.
The competition for the permits will be stiff since the Bureau for Public Health in West Virginia plans on issuing no more than ten growers, ten processors, and 100 dispensaries with licenses.
The growers are expected to pay a non-refundable fee of $5,000 and a permit fee of $50,000. The processors are required to pay non-refundable application fees of $5,000, and permit fees of $50,000, while the dispensaries applicants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $2,500 and $10,000 license fees.
On April 19, 2017, the Governor of West Virginia signed into law the state’s medical marijuana program, indicating that it has been a long process and that it is far from over because applications will have to be reviewed, licenses issued, and the enactment of rules governing medical marijuana sales.
It will be a long wait before patients and caregivers can access medical marijuana products because all medical marijuana that is to be sold within the state of West Virginia must be cultivated and processed within the state.
The state has not indicated when it will open the applications for medical marijuana cards. There is a possibility that the first dispensary will not be opened until 2021. This makes the process from legislation to the first sale of medical marijuana a lengthy one, with estimates showing that the entire process could take more than four years.
Some of the medical conditions that will be included in the list of qualifying conditions include terminal illnesses, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic or intractable pain. The medical marijuana medication will be available in the form of creams, gels, liquid, pills, ointments, tinctures, and non-whole plant matter for vaping.
Physicians who want to participate in the program are required to submit an online application to the Public Health Bureau demonstrating their proficiency in treating various ailments. They are also supposed to take a four-hour course that is to be established and possess valid licenses permitting them to practice medicine in West Virginia.
It is widely accepted that the entire cannabis industry, including sector players like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS), will be extremely pleased when qualifying patients in West Virginia start accessing medical cannabis.
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