North Dakota Cannabis Law History

Senate Bill 386, which created the Medical Cannabis Act, made the use of medical cannabis products legal and mandated an infrastructure for medical cannabis to be cultivated, processed, and grown in West Virginia for medical use by qualifying patients in the state.

The Office of Medical Cannabis within the Bureau for Public Health, which is part of the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), is responsible for the development of the medical cannabis program. Per the Act, DHHR may not issue the patient and caregiver identification cards necessary to obtain medical cannabis until July 1, 2019, effectively delaying sales until that date. 

Qualifying Conditions

Under the original law (SB 386):

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Intractable seizures
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • “Severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or has proved ineffective as determined as part of continuing care”

 

Key Dates

Senate bill 386, which created the Medical Cannabis Act, was signed by Governor Jim Justice on April 19, 2017. The Act became effective 90 days later, on July 5, 2017.

 

The Department of Health and Human Resources may not issue patient and caregiver identification cards necessary to obtain medical cannabis until July 1, 2019, effectively delaying sales until that date.

Application Fees/Start-up Costs

SB 386 gives the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission the authority to determine fees related to medical marijuana facilities in the state. These fees are to be determined.

License types

Ten (10) growing licenses, ten (10) processing licenses, and thirty (30) dispensary licenses with no more than five (5) in any region and no more than two (2) individual dispensary permits issued to one person. Growers and processors are prohibited from also dispensing medical marijuana product.

 

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