Time may be running out on a bill that would expand West Virginia laws for medical cannabis.
The state senate was scheduled to vote on the bill on Friday, but has now delayed that until the final day of the legislative session, which is Saturday.
The current law allows for only 30-medical cannabis dispensaries in the mountain state, but the new bill would allow for up to 100.
Advocates said it’s about allowing greater access, especially in rural areas.
State Sen. Richard Ojeda, (D) Logan said, “The medical marijuana was focused on trying to take care of so many sick people that we have throughout this state. And it’s important that those people have access to medicine.”
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, Rusty Williams said, “The nausea and the vertigo and the terrible side effects of aggressive chemotherapy. I personally don’t know if I would have been able to get through it without the use of cannabis.”
Medical Marijuana advocates were hoping the legislature would allow people to grow a small number of plants for their own personal use, but that was taken out of the bill.
Medical Cannabis will be legally available in West Virginia in July 2019.