Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, suggested Wednesday that members of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommend that personal growth of marijuana plants remain prohibited but consider allowing “the sale of buds.”
During a board meeting at the University of Charleston, Walters also asked board members to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to grow and process the plants.
Walters was among about seven lawmakers who recently traveled to Colorado to learn more about the marijuana industry. West Virginia passed its own medical marijuana law during the 2017 legislative session. The law allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients and gives the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health regulatory oversight.
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, which can recommend changes in the law to the Legislature, met for the second time Wednesday.
“I’m going to applaud you, but I’m going to caution you about the problems in our bill,” Walters said. “And if you can correct it through rule-making, please. That’s the easiest way to do it.”
The board also may suggest