Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the West Virginia Medical Marijuana Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the WVMMP?
The West Virginia Medical Marijuana Program (WVMMP) is comprehensive medical cannabis program signed into law by Governor Jim Justice on April 19, 2017.
+ Why was the WVMMP Established?
The Department of Health and Human Services is tasked with establishing the Medical Cannabis Commission, to develop policies, procedures, guidelines, and regulations to implement programs to make medical cannabis available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner.
+ How do I register for the WVMMP?
In order to participate in the WVMMP, qualified patients will have to receive written confirmation from a physician they have a bona-fide relationship with, who makes the recommendation that medical cannabis may provide relief for their debilitating medical condition.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
The commission shall consider for approval physician applications for the following medical conditions:
- Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions that result in a patient being admitted into Hospice or receiving palliative care
- Chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions or the treatment of chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions that produce:
- Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome
- Severe or chronic pain that does not find effective relief through standard pain medication
- Severe nausea
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms
- Refractory generalized anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
+ Who are the certified medical professionals?
A certified medical professional is an individual who:
- Has an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine that was issued by the West Virginia Board of Medicine or the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine;
- Is in good standing with the West Virginia Board of Medicine or the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, whichever is applicable;
- Has a valid and unencumbered authority to prescribe controlled substances; and
- Is registered with the commission to make cannabis available to patients for medical use in accordance with regulations adopted by the commission.
The DHHR is currently working to develop the process for physicians to register with the WVMMP, and will communicate to the public when these application are available.
+ Where do I sign up for the WVMMP?
The DHHR is currently working to develop the process for patients to register with the WVMMP, and will communicate to the public when these application are available.
Under the Act, the Bureau may not issue the patient and caregiver identification cards necessary to obtain medical cannabis until July 1, 2019.
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the WVMMP?
A West Virginia patient may possess up to a 30-day supply, with the amount of usable medical cannabis to be determined.
+ What about Primary Caregivers Registered under the WVMMP?
A “caregiver” is a person who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of cannabis, and for a qualifying patient under the age of eighteen years, a parent or legal guardian.
The commission will post finalized rules and applications for caregivers to register, and will communicate to the public when these applications are available.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the DHHS website here.