Medical marijuana is still expected to become fully legal in West Virginia by July of next year, but there are some concerns on whether or not it’ll happen by then.
It’s been over a year and a half since the state approved of legalizing medical cannabis, but due to some banking issues, progress has slowed down as the deadline approaches.
WV House Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D) says that there needs to be a banking fix because the federal government still treats marijuana as an illegal schedule one substance. For example, state banks or credit unions would have to become dispensaries in order to continue moving forward.
Overall, he believes that both sides of the aisle needs to put politics aside and work together so this can be up and running by July of next year. “I believe our government has a duty to do what we can to help all West Virginians. If you have a serious illness, there’s no reason why a West Virginian who has cancer or is a veteran is not getting the same treatment they’re getting in 29 other states. Science shows us that opioid overdoses decrease in states that have medical cannabis legislation. That’s a driving force behind this. 24% on average decrease in opioid overdoses, and we know the opioid crisis in West Virginia has reached catastrophic levels.”
The state of Ohio has legalize medical cannabis but is not fully operational with their dispensaries.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated with any new progress in the Mountain State.