Governor Justice, advocates disagree over medical marijuana bill


Medical marijuana state advocates are still hoping for products to be available by July 1. However, Gov. Jim Justice recently vetoed the state medical marijuana bill that will most likely push that date back.

The dispute is over a bill that would allow medical marijuana companies to grow, process, and sell their own end products.

Advocates believe the vertical integration of services will convince medical marijuana businesses to do business in the Mountain State.

“If dispenseries are going to be able to do business, they’re going to be having to be selling their own product,” said Democratic Del. Mike Pushkin of Kanawha County. “And that is because the IRS does not alow for business deductions for dispenseries. 

Gov. Justice has promised to sign the bill if the legislature fixes how it taxes medical marijuana companies. 

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