Patients who are residents of West Virginia and have a serious medical condition can apply for a Medical Marijuana card through the Bureau for Public Health.
Senate Bill 386 passed on April 19th, 2017 states that the Bureau will not begin issuing identification cards to patients or caregivers until July 1st, 2019.
Who can qualify?
To be eligible for a Medical Marijuana card you must be a resident of West Virginia and 18 years of age or older, or have a parent or guardian apply as a caregiver. A licensed physician must diagnose the patient with one of these qualifying medical conditions:
- HIV or AIDS
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Damage to nervous tissue of spinal cord
- Crohn’s disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Huntington’s disease
- Terminal illness
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin
How much does it cost?
Patient application fees have not been finalized yet.
There is a $50 fee for the Caregiver application, but it can be waived or reduced if you qualify for financial assistance.
How do I apply?
Patient and Caregiver applications will be available on the Bureau of Public Health website in July of 2019 when the program is finalized.
In order to participate in the Medical Cannabis Program you must:
- Register with the Bureau for Public Health
- Obtain a physician’s authorization stating that the patient suffers from one of the qualifying medical conditions
- Complete the application for a medical cannabis ID card and pay the application fee