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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia

In the beautiful Mountain State, obtaining a medical cannabis card may seem like an uphill climb for those living with serious medical conditions. But fret not! This blog post will guide you step-by-step through the process to ensure you can navigate the road to medical cannabis use with ease.


West Virginia street sign

Understanding the Law


The path to medical marijuana use in West Virginia was paved with the introduction of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act. Introduced as Senate Bill 386 and successfully passed by the house committee in 2017, this legislative milestone opened the door for qualifying West Virginians to legally utilize medical cannabis. Understanding the nuances of this Act is pivotal for prospective and current medical cannabis patients alike.

The Act underscores that medical cannabis use is permitted solely for residents of West Virginia who have been diagnosed with one or more specific qualifying conditions. This ensures that only those with valid medical needs can access the medical benefits of cannabis.


While this Act has expanded patient access to cannabis for medical purposes, it is important to highlight that recreational cannabis use remains illegal under both state and federal law. Although state lawmakers have taken steps toward allowing the medical use of cannabis, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance. This dichotomy between state and federal laws can sometimes lead to confusion, but it's crucial to remember that, as a medical cannabis patient in West Virginia, your use is protected within the confines of the state.


Another important aspect of this legislation is its impact on workplace regulations. It prohibits any form of disciplinary action by employers based solely on an employee's status as a medical cannabis cardholder or for a positive drug test for cannabis components, provided the employee is a valid cardholder. However, the law doesn't permit employees to be impaired during work hours, which means patients must manage their consumption responsibly.


Finally, the law also stipulates the forms of medical cannabis allowed under the Act, which includes pills, oils, topicals, dermal patches, and forms medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form until permissible under the law.


What is a Medical Cannabis Card?


A medical cannabis card, commonly known as an MMJ card or a medical card, acts as a form of identification for medical cannabis patients. This card validates that the individual is a legal patient who is permitted to possess, purchase, and in certain situations, cultivate medical cannabis under the laws of the State of West Virginia.


The medical card doesn't just act as a key to accessing medical marijuana products, but it also provides legal protections. These protections play a crucial role in safeguarding patients from potential legal ramifications arising from the possession or use of medical cannabis. As mentioned earlier, while medical cannabis is permitted in the state, the recreational use of cannabis is not. The MMJ card distinguishes medical patients from recreational users in the eyes of law enforcement, thereby protecting cardholders from unnecessary legal complications.


Another significant aspect of the medical card is its role in the employment sector. The card helps protect employees from disciplinary action by human resources for the simple act of being a medical cannabis patient or testing positive in drug screenings for cannabis, provided the use is in compliance with the state's guidelines.

The medical card also grants access to licensed dispensaries in West Virginia, where patients can purchase a variety of medical cannabis products. From the dry leaf to oils, topicals, and more, the options are vast and cater to the individual preferences and medical needs of patients.


Obtaining this card involves a comprehensive process, beginning with a consultation with a licensed medical marijuana doctor, submission of an application to the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, and ultimately, upon approval, receipt of the card. It's crucial to remember that the card is not transferable and is valid only for the person to whom it is issued.


A West Virginia medical cannabis card is more than just a pass to access medical cannabis. It's a tool for legal protection, employment security, and an improved quality of life for patients battling with qualifying medical conditions.


Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in West Virginia


Medical marijuana patients are eligible to apply for an MMJ card if they have been diagnosed with one or several of the following conditions, among others:

  1. Chronic Pain

  2. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  3. Terminal Illness

  4. Intractable Seizures

  5. Sickle Cell Anemia

  6. Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord

This list is not exhaustive, and the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis provides additional information on qualifying conditions. If you believe you may qualify but your condition is not listed, it's worth seeking medical advice to ascertain your eligibility.


The Application Process


The first step to getting your West Virginia medical marijuana card is to schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor, like those available through the ARCannabisClinic network. This doctor will review your medical history and records and determine if your condition qualifies for medical cannabis use.


Once the doctor certifies your medical use, you must complete an application through the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis. The application includes patient information and details of your qualifying condition. You will also need to submit a copy of your West Virginia identification card and proof of residency.


There is a state fee associated with the application process, which can be paid via money order or other methods as outlined by the state government. However, the state offers a full refund if your application is denied. It's also worth noting that financial considerations are taken into account, and applicants with a lower household income may qualify for a reduced fee.


Medical Cannabis Products and Consumption


As a West Virginia medical cannabis cardholder, a new world of products specifically tailored to meet your therapeutic needs is open to you. The products range in form, allowing you to choose the most suitable method of consumption based on your personal preference and medical condition.


Dry Leaf and Plant Form


Medical cannabis in its traditional plant form is perhaps the most recognized. This form can be used for vaporization, a method preferred by many for its rapid onset of effects. It's important to note, however, that smoking medical cannabis remains prohibited under the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act.


Dermal Patches


For those seeking long-lasting relief without the need for inhalation or ingestion, dermal patches can be an effective option. These patches release the active components of cannabis into the body over several hours, providing sustained symptom management.


Topical Forms


Topical forms of medical cannabis, including lotions, creams, and balms, can be applied directly to the skin for localized relief. These products are often used by patients dealing with conditions such as arthritis or other forms of chronic pain.


Pills


Medical cannabis is also available in the form of pills, providing a familiar and discreet method of consumption. This form can be especially appealing to patients who may be new to medical cannabis use or those who prefer not to inhale or use topical forms.


Concentrates and Oils


Medical cannabis can also be found in the form of concentrates and oils. These products can be vaporized, added to food, or even placed under the tongue, offering flexible options for use.


In addition to choosing the type of medical cannabis product, patients should also be mindful of the product's cannabinoid content. Medical cannabis products often contain varying levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis, while CBD is non-psychoactive and known for its potential therapeutic effects, such as reducing anxiety and inflammation.


Each patient's ideal balance of THC and CBD will depend on their specific condition, symptoms, and tolerance. Consulting with your licensed medical marijuana doctor or a knowledgeable patient advocate can help guide this selection process.


Regarding the consumption of these products, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act prohibits public consumption of medical cannabis. Patients should ideally consume their medical cannabis in a private, safe space.


In terms of quantity, patients are allowed a 30-day supply of medical cannabis. The precise amount varies based on the prescribed dosage and form of medical cannabis product, underscoring the importance of a tailored treatment plan.


West Virginia offers a range of medical cannabis products, designed to cater to the unique needs and preferences of its medical marijuana patients. With the aid of a healthcare professional, you can determine the most suitable form and dosage of medical cannabis for your condition, ensuring effective symptom management and an improved quality of life.


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Dispensaries and Where to Buy Medical Cannabis


Once you receive your West Virginia medical marijuana card, you are able to purchase medical cannabis products from any licensed dispensary in the state. Here is a list of open dispensaries currently serving patients:


  • Barboursville Cannabis Company

  • Address: 2A E Mall Road, Barboursville, WV 25504

  • Phone: (304)-949-8588

  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am to 8 pm


  • Greenlight- Lewisburg

  • Address: 1747 Jefferson St. N, Lewisburg, WV 24901

  • Phone: (304)-520-4175

  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 9am to 6pm


  • Greenlight- Beckley

  • Address: 4244 Robert C. Byrd Dr, Beckley, WV 25801

  • Phone: (304)-860-1058

  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am to 8 pm


  • Greenlight- Princeton

  • Address: 112 Expert Circle, Princeton, WV 24739

  • Phone: (304)-250-3029

  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am to 8 pm


  • Truelieve- South Charleston

  • Address: 4701 MacCorkle Ave SW, South Charleston, WV 25309

  • Phone: (304)-407-2434

  • Hours: Daily 10 am - 6 pm


  • Trulieve- Morgantown

  • Address: 1397 Earl Core Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505

  • Phone: (304)-381-6721

  • Hours: Thursday - Sunday 10 am to 6 pm


  • Trulieve- Weston

  • Address: 137 Staunton Dr, Weston, WV 26452

  • Phone: (304)-407-3288

  • Hours: Monday - Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm


  • The Landing Cannabis Dispensary

  • Address: 3507 US Route 60, Huntington, WV 25705

  • Phone: (681) 387-7844

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm


  • Trulieve- Milton

  • Address: 5 Perry Morris Square, Milton, WV 25541

  • Phone: (304)-635-5046

  • Hours: Daily 10 am to 8 pm


  • Trulieve- Belle

  • Address: 2700 East Dupont Avenue, Suite 9, Belle, WV 25015

  • Phone: (304)-486-3049

  • Hours: Daily 10 am to 8 pm


  • Truelieve-Parkersburg

  • Address: 152 Park Shopping Center, Parkersburg, WV 26101

  • Phone: (304)-470-4833

  • Hours: Daily 10 am to 6 pm


  • Cannabist- St. Albans

  • Address: 603 Third Ave, St Albans, WV 25177

  • Phone: (304)-693-2705

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm


  • Cannabist- Beckley

  • Address: 300 Galleria Plaza, Beckley, WV 25801

  • Phone: (304) 362-0518

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm


  • Cannabist- Williamstown

  • Address: 76 Thunder Rd, Williamstown, WV 26187

  • Phone: (304) 440-9703

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm


  • Teraleaf

  • Address: 2018 3rd Ave, Huntington, WV 25703

  • Phone: (304)-446-4600

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm


  • Zen Leaf

  • Address: 205 Venture Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508

  • Phone: (304)-907-1898

  • Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11 am to 7 pm


  • The Landing Cannabis Dispensary

  • Address: 3914 Murdoch Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26105

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm


  • Zen Leaf - Wheeling

  • Address: 231 - 237 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003

  • Phone: (304) 557-1104

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm


  • The Landing Cannabis Dispensary

  • Address: 4002 Maccorkle Ave SE STE 1, Charleston, WV 25304

  • Phone: (681) 387-7842

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm


  • Zen Leaf - Clarksburg

  • Address: 254 Emily Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301

  • Phone: (304) 557-1104

  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm


  • Country Grown Cannabis

  • Address: 1321 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25404

  • Phone: (304) 350-1054

  • Hours: Daily 10 am to 6 pm


  • The Landing Dispensary

  • Address: 1048 Anmoore Road, Bridgeport, WV 26330

  • Phone: (681) 387-7847

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm


  • Verdant Creations

  • Address: 1255 1/2-A Gihon Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101

  • Phone: (304) 679-1110

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 6:30 pm


  • Zen Leaf - Westover

  • Address: 871 Fairmont Road, Westover, WV 26501

  • Phone: (304) 557-1071

  • Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm


  • The Foundry

  • Address: 4075 Main Street, Weirton, WV 25401

  • Phone: (304) 914-4090

  • Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am - 2 pm


  • New Leaf

  • Address: 776 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401

  • Phone: (304) 578-5255

  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm


  • The Next Level Wellness #3

  • Address: 1633 Buckhannon Pike, Clarksburg WV 26301

  • Hours: Daily 10 am - 6 pm


  • Kanacare Health

  • Address: 5703 Maccorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304

  • Phone: (681) 205-2085

  • Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 6:30 pm

  • Greenlight - Stollings Address: 351 Hanging Rock Highway, Stollings, WV 25646

  • Phone: (304) 953-2018

  • Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 8 pm


  • Solevo Wellness

  • Address: 525 Granville SQ, Morgantown, WV 26501

  • Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 8 pm; Sunday 10 am - 6 pm


  • The Landing Dispensary

  • Address: 1048 Anmoore Road, Bridgeport, WV 26330

  • Phone: (681) 387-7847

  • Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm


  • The Landing Cannabis Dispensary

  • Address: 4002 Maccorkle Ave SE STE 1, Charleston, WV 25304

  • Phone: (681) 387-7842

  • Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm


Final Thoughts


Obtaining a medical cannabis card in West Virginia may seem daunting, but with the right direction and resources, you'll be able to navigate the process efficiently. Remember that the information provided here should not replace medical advice, and any questions or concerns should be directed towards a medical professional or the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis.


Don't forget, ARCannabisClinic, a national, trusted medical marijuana health technology company, stands ready to help. ARCannabisClinic serves as a leader in helping West Virginia patients from all walks of life get access to medical marijuana and can assist you throughout this process. We are just a click away!

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