After Four Years, West Virginians Can Finally Register for Medical Cannabis

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Nearly four years since medical marijuana was legalized in the state of West Virginia, eligible patients in the state can finally register to regularly receive much-needed cannabis products.

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The state Department of Health and Human Resources announced last week that 100 retail locations have been licensed and will begin selling medical cannabis soon. These facilities are still being built, though, so medical marijuana will not immediately be available to registered patients.

Residents with serious medical conditions can start registering Wednesday at Patient cards that will be issued will be valid only in West Virginia.

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West Virginia legalized medical marijuana in 2017, when Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386. The bill allows the use of cannabis to treat cancer, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, and other serious illnesses. It is permitted in the form of pills, oils, topical gels, liquids, dermal patches, and a form that can be vaporized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.