Is cannabis legal in West Virginia?
While it remains illegal for recreational use, medical cannabis is legal in the state of West Virginia. In 2017, West Virginia passed the Medical Cannabis Act, allowing for the use of medical cannabis for qualifying patients with specific medical conditions.
The state has established a regulatory framework for the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries.
Under the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Program, patients with qualifying conditions, such as chronic or debilitating diseases, terminal illnesses, or intractable seizures, can obtain a medical cannabis certification from a registered physician or licensed medical marijuana doctor and apply for a card through the Office of Medical Cannabis.
Registered patients are allowed to possess and use medical cannabis products that meet the state’s regulations.
Do I need a medical marijuana doctor referral to get a medical card?
Compassionate Clinics of America is pleased to provide West Virginia residents access to a licensed medical marijuana doctor so that they can obtain medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary.
The process is fast, and compassionate, and considers your medical history and medical prognosis to determine whether you’re eligible for a Virginia medical marijuana card. Compassionate Clinics of America guides you through the entire process of getting your medical marijuana card in West Virginia.
Who qualifies for a medical cannabis card in West Virginia?
To be eligible for a medical marijuana card in West Virginia, individuals must meet certain criteria. Patients must be a West Virginia resident and provide proof of residency.
They must also be at least 18 years old, or have a designated caregiver such as their legal guardian if they are a minor or unable to obtain and administer medical cannabis themselves.
Eligibility requires the presence of a qualifying medical condition, as determined by the state’s regulations. These conditions include chronic or debilitating diseases, terminal illnesses, or intractable seizures, or serious medical conditions.
Examples of a qualifying condition or serious medical conditions for a West Virginia medical card are:
- Position status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Huntington’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Intractable seizures
- Sickle cell anemia
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic pain or intractable pain
- Terminal illness that is defined as a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course
Patients must receive a written certification from a registered physician who is licensed to practice medicine in West Virginia, which can be provided by Compassionate Clinics of America.
The certification should confirm that the patient has a qualifying condition and that medical cannabis may be beneficial in managing their condition.
How do I get a medical cannabis card in West Virginia?
To get your medical marijuana card in West Virginia, schedule an appointment with Compassionate Clinics of America to discuss whether you’ll benefit from medical marijuana. Bring any relevant medical records to support your medical history.
The physician will fill out the Patient Certification form that can be obtained from the Office of Medical Cannabis. The physician will then submit this form on your behalf to the Office of Medical Cannabis, and you will also need to obtain a digital copy.
To apply for a Patient Card in West Virginia, visit the Patient Registration link provided (https://wvpublic.mycomplia.com/#!/signin) and create an account by clicking on “Register.” Verify your account through the email received from Complia. Log in to Complia and complete the Application for a New Patient Registration.
Required documentation for medical marijuana in West Virginia includes a digital passport-quality photo, a photo ID (e.g., driver’s license), proof of West Virginia residency, a completed Patient Certification form from your physician, and proof of income if requesting a fee waiver. Submit the application and receive a confirmation screen with an Application ID number.
Mail the payment (check or money order) to the WV Office of Medical Cannabis, including the Application ID number and patient name in the memo line.
Check your email for application status updates, allowing at least 30 days for processing. It’s important to note that registration does not immediately grant access to medical cannabis, and the patient card is only valid within West Virginia’s medical cannabis system.
What are the benefits of participating in the West Virginia medical marijuana program?
There are several benefits for medical marijuana patients who receive their medical marijuana card in the state of West Virginia. First, having a medical marijuana card grants legal protections under West Virginia’s medical cannabis program.
Patients with a valid card can possess and use medical cannabis under the medical marijuana laws within the state without fear of legal repercussions. It ensures that patients can access their medication safely and legally, providing peace of mind and reducing the risk of legal consequences.
In addition, with a medical marijuana card, patients gain access to a wider range of medical marijuana products. They can visit licensed dispensaries and purchase medical cannabis specifically tailored to their medical needs.
Products chosen for medical outcomes allow patients to explore different strains, formulations, and dosages to find the most effective treatment for their specific conditions.
How much does it cost to for the process of getting a medical cannabis card in West Virginia?
The cost for a Patient Certification in West Virginia from Compassionate Clinics of America is $179.
The renewal fee for a medical cannabis certification is $159.
We offer Sezzle payment options to break up the cost into separate, affordable payments.
This is a separate cost from the $50 that is paid to the Office of Medical Cannabis upon registration for a card.
Patients who are having financial difficulties or are living at the federal poverty level may apply for a financial hardship waiver to have this fee waived.
What information and forms are required when a patient applies for a Medical Marijuana ID card?
Required documentation for getting your medical marijuana card includes:
- a digital passport-quality photo,
- a photo ID (e.g., driver’s license),
- proof of WV residency,
- a completed Patient Certification form from your physician, and
- proof of income if requesting a fee waiver
How long is my ID card valid in West Virginia?
The West Virginia medical marijuana card is valid for a period of one year.
Since the processing time can be anywhere from 30-60 days, a medical cannabis patient is advised to get the renewal process going a couple months before their card expires.
What is required for renewal?
In order to renew your medical marijuana card, you will need to obtain another Physician Certification document from a licensed physician.
You can obtain your renewal from Compassionate Clinics of America, even if you went to another clinic the first time you obtained a medical marijuana card.
I’ve heard I can renew my medical card in West Virginia for $20. Where can I get a $20 medical card renewal?
While some companies may claim that they can renew your medical card in West Virginia for just $20, no provider actually exists.
The cost to renew your medical certification in Virginia is $159. We are with you throughout every step of the way during the process, and make the process as easy and seamless as possible for you.
I live in another state, can I apply?
Reciprocity for medical marijuana is not available in West Virginia. The state does not recognize medical marijuana cards issued by other states. While some states have implemented cannabis reciprocity, it is important to note that West Virginia does not currently participate in such agreements.
However, it is advisable to review the specific regulations of other states to determine if they recognize and accept West Virginia medical marijuana cards.
State-by-state restrictions and policies can vary, so it’s crucial to understand the legal standing of your West Virginia med card in other jurisdictions.
Can I become a medical cannabis caregiver in West Virginia?
Yes, individuals can become medical marijuana caregivers in West Virginia. Caregivers are an individual designated to assisting and providing support to registered medical marijuana patients. Caregivers purchase cannabis on the behalf of others.
To become a caregiver in West Virginia, you must meet certain requirements including being at least 21 years old, undergo a criminal history background check, and being designated as a caregiver by a registered patient.
Caregivers must also complete the caregiver registration process through the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis.
Once registered, caregivers can assist registered patients in obtaining and using medical marijuana products as outlined by the state’s regulations.
Can I own a gun and have a medical cannabis card in West Virginia?
West Virginia legislators aim to protect the interests of medical cannabis patients and reassure them that they need not forfeit their firearms simply due to their treatment choice. The state doesn’t require gun registration, offering privacy to gun owners.
While local rules may vary, state law doesn’t mandate gun licenses. This means that if you purchase a firearm without federal licensing, your ownership remains confidential. If you have a medical cannabis card and own a gun in West Virginia, you’re less likely to face legal issues.
Can I use medical marijuana anywhere in West Virginia?
In West Virginia. t is not legal for medical cannabis patients to consume medical marijuana in public and is limited to private residents.
How long does it take to process my application?
It can anywhere from 30-60 days for the Office of Medical Cannabis to process an application for a West Virginia medical marijuana card.
Will I be given a temporary card while my application is being processed?
Unfortunately, there is no temporary card. A medical marijuana application or registration is not valid until it has been approved. It’s important to note that registration of medical card does not immediately grant access to purchase medical marijuana.
Can a doctor complete a medical marijuana certification via telehealth?
Yes, when you meet with one of the medical marijuana doctors at Compassionate Clinics of America, it is done through an online appointment through telemedicine.
We strive to ensure the process to certify patients for medical marijuana is as comfortable as possible. View the appointment schedule for medical marijuana in West Virginia below.
When does the physician certification expire?
The Physician Certification is valid for the duration of the medical marijuana card. When you get your medical cannabis certification through Compassionate Clinics of America, we will notify you when it’s time to renew your WV med card so you aren’t without the ability to obtain cannabis for your health and well-being.
Questions About Medical Cannabis Certification in West Virginia?
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