The Bureau for Public Health is in the early stages of the development of the program.

Senate Bill 386 created the Medical Cannabis Act that allows for cannabis to be used for certified medical use by a West Virginia resident with a serious medical condition and is limited by law to the following forms: pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form unless dry leaf or plant forms become acceptable under rules adopted by the Bureau for Public Health; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch.

S.B. 386 was signed into law on April 19, 2017, by Governor Jim Justice. The Bureau for Public Health is in the process of drafting temporary rules that are needed to implement the Act. Those temporary rules will explain the program’s operation, including how applications are to be submitted by growers/processors, dispensaries, patients and caregivers, and physicians. Under the Act, the Bureau may not issue the patient and caregiver identification cards necessary to obtain medical cannabis until July 1, 2019. 

The next meeting of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will be on December 14 at West Virginia University’s National Research for Coal and Energy facility (classroom 101) located at 385 Evansdale Drive, in Morgantown.  The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Please note these meetings are open to the public and will be posted on the Secretary of State’s Public Meeting website.  The meeting agenda is available here.

(New) Proposed Emergency Rules for Medical Cannabis:
 ​​​​​​​The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health’s Office of Medial Cannabis is publishing for public comment the following proposed emergency rules.
General Rules
Safe Harbor Letter
Regional Map

A comment period is being established during which any interested person may send comments concerning these proposed rules. This comment period will end on January 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Only written comments will be accepted and may be sent via email to or by U.S. Mail to the following address: Brian J. Skinner, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, 350 Capitol Street, Room 702, Charleston, WV 25301.

Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
Patient/Caregiver Information
Grower/Processor Information
Dispensary Information
Physician Information
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Information
Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Members Announced
Additional Program Questions

Additional Helpful Links:
Senate Bill 386
U.S. Department of Justice Enforcement Policy Press Release
U.S. Department of Justice Memo on Enforcement

Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting Documents:
West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act & Office Structure Presentation (PowerPoint 8/16)
“Considerations for Issuing Grower, Processor or Dispensary Permits” and “Methods for Assessing Distribution of Serious Medical Conditions and Medical Cannabis Interest Among Physicians and Patients” (PowerPoint 10/11/2017)
Work Group Membership (10/11/2017)