Medical cannabis registrations underway, dispensaries to open in fall – Huntington Herald Dispatch


CHARLESTON — Registration for medical cannabis use is open and ongoing in West Virginia, and dispensaries selling the products could be open for business by this fall, according to Jason Frame, director of the state medical cannabis program.

Those who qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program — which is reserved for certain medical conditions and ailments — can register by Sept. 30 for a two-year certification card. Those who register after Sept. 30 will be eligible for a one-year card.

Applications can be filed online through the state Department of Health and Human Resources at http://medcanwv.org. On Monday, the department hosted in-person signups at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department for anyone needing to register for the service.

“There are some people who couldn’t get it done, whatever the cause, so they can come here and have an equal opportunity,” Frame said.

Monday’s in-person registration ran from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with appointments scheduled ahead of time. As of noon, Frame said about six people had participated in the service. A handful of appointments were scheduled for the afternoon.

Those wishing to sign up for the state’s medical cannabis program must provide a photo ID, proof of West Virginia residency and a patient certification form provided by a physician that verifies the patient’s need for medical cannabis.

State residents with income below 200% of the federal poverty level can also provide proof of income to qualify for a waiver offsetting the cost of the filing.

The Legislature passed the Medical Cannabis Act in April 2017. The Act legalized medical marijuana use for people with a “serious medical condition,” including cancer, HIV, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, post-traumatic stress disorder, “severe” chronic pain and certain terminal diseases, among other conditions.

Debbi Hanna, a 58-year-old Charleston resident who came to the registration event Monday, said she’s been

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