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West Virginia Medical Marijuana Doctor Information
The West Virginia Cannabis Act, Senate Bill 386 is the new article to amend the Code of West Virginia, legalizing the medical use of marijuana. The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission is tasked with establishing the requirements to become a certifying physician. The Cannabis Commission also sets forth the responsibilities of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission Fund. Additionally, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission decides the approval of doctor applications, and for certain medical conditions may require reporting to the Controlled Substances monitoring database.
Senate Bill 386 also ensures that people who are licensed, registered, and authorized under the West Virginia Cannabis Act may not be subject to prosecution or arrest, including disciplinary action by a professional licensing board.
Patients in West Virginia won’t have access to medical cannabis until July 2019, when the West Virginia Bureau of Health will begin issuing patient identifications cards. Patients will be charged $50 for ID cards, though the fee may be waived for financial hardships.
Definitions according to the West Virginia Cannabis Act:
Caregiver - an appointed person that has agreed to aid a qualifying patient’s medical marijuana use.
Independent Testing Laboratory - is an entity, site or facility that provides tests that examine the contents of marijuana and cannabis products.
Certifying Physician - a marijuana doctor with an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by the West Virginia Board of Medicine or Board of Osteopathic Medicine. A Certifying Physician must be in good standing with either Board applicable and have a valid and unencumbered permission to prescribe controlled substances to their patients. Lastly, an individual is a Certifying Physician if they are registered with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission.
Qualifying Patient - is a person that is issued a written certification from a Certifying Physician stating that in the marijuana doctor’s professional opinion that the benefits of cannabis outweigh the potential harm for that patient. A qualifying patient must have a bona fide physician-patient relationship and undergo a complete assessment of their medical history and current medical conditions.
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission is responsible for registering marijuana doctors as a Certifying Physician. Practitioners may become authorized as a Certifying Physician if they meet the requirements of the West Virginia Cannabis Act and submit the required application materials. Physicians must send a proposal to the commission stating the reason they are registering, including the symptoms and conditions of their patient. They will also need an document certifying that standard patient evaluation will occur. This assessment is to include patient history, physical examination, review of symptoms and medical information with the patient, and their health plan. The marijuana doctor’s health plan must include appointments for ongoing assessments and follow-up care. Marijuana doctors are required to issue Written Certification that is on tamper-resistant and non-copyable paper.
The West Virginia Medical Marijuana Commission can not limit what class of practitioner qualifies to be a Certifying Physician. Doctors of any specialty may become a Certifying Physician as long as they meet the requirements outlined in Senate Bill 386. Marijuana doctors are required to register every two years to remain a Certifying Physician.
Marijuana doctors and their spouses cannot receive gifts from or have ownership of any medical marijuana dispensary, grower, or a processor. Marijuana Doctors are allowed compensation from medical marijuana facilities that have a Certifying Physician on site.
Certifying Physician’s may talk to their patients about medical marijuana if they display the qualifying conditions identified by the Medical Marijuana Commission. Qualifying patients under the age of 18 must obtain medical cannabis through their caregiver. All marijuana doctors are required to report every medical marijuana certification of their qualifying patients to the Controlled Substances Monitoring Database.
Any condition resulting in Hospice or Palliative Care
Refractory generalized anxiety disorder
Independent Medical Marijuana Testing Laboratories:
Independent Laboratories are facilities that examine the content of medical cannabis and medical marijuana products. Marijuana testing labs perform procedures to examine Potency, Terpenes, Residual Solvents and Microbials. Cannabis testing labs provide safety and transparency for medical marijuana patients, and further ensure health and wellness through medical cannabis. The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission is tasked with registering a public criminal justice agency to test all medical marijuana and cannabis products throughout the state. The commission may also register other independent testing laboratories as long as they meet the application requirements, standards, and accreditation and pay the application fee.
West Virginia Medical Marijuana Locations
West Virginia Medical Marijuana certifying physicians will provide their services in, but not limited to, Charleston, Morgantown, and Huntington. They will also certify patients in need in Beckley, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. Patients seeking medical marijuana in Parkersburg, Clarksburg, Bluefield, and all other West Virginia towns may also qualify.
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