By Jake Zuckerman, Charleston Gazette-Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill Monday intended to sweeten the economic landscape for businesses in the state’s medical marijuana business.
Senate Bill 1037 removes restrictions on growers and processors that would have prevented them from serving as dispensaries as well.
Other changes include:
- Rolling back a requirement that a doctor be present in a dispensary at all times;
- Requiring an applicant for a license be a resident of the state. If the applicant is a business, a majority interest must be held by West Virginia residents;
- Increasing the amount of dispensaries in the state and the number of dispensaries one person may hold;
- Creating legal protections for state employees involved in the program;
- Eliminating geographic restrictions on permit issuance;
- Removing language requiring physicians first consider noncannabis treatments “including treatments involving opioids” before issuing a certification to a patient.