West Virginia Senate votes for medical marijuana

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Senate has voted to legalize the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions.

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

The bill, approved 28-6, now goes to the House for possible consideration.

It would establish a state commission to issue identification cards to patients and caregivers and consider the drug’s use for chronic or debilitating diseases or conditions including severe or chronic pain, seizures, anorexia, anxiety disorder, nausea and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It would also license plant growers, processors and dispensaries for products containing cannabis including food, tinctures, aerosols, oils or ointments.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that an amendment that would allow people with prescriptions to grow two plants of their own remains in the bill.

The Senate has also approved legislation on mine safety that leaves intact the state’s inspection program.

WHSV has spoken with families in the Shenandoah Valley before whose children could greatly benefit from medical marijuana due to a variety of diseases.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed two bills on marijuana reform into law for Virginia, including one which expands the number of ailments that can be treated with two derivatives of the marijuana plant.

A bill that would have allowed marijuana to be grown in the state for medicinal uses was proposed in Virginia, but didn’t make it to law.

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