West Virginia Moves Towards Medical Marijuana

Manypenny and Simon

Del. Manypenny (left) and Matt Simon

A January poll showed that a majority of West Virginia voters support a law allowing medical marijuana in their state, and now their representatives are listening.  The WV Joint Committee on Health recently held hearings into the advantages of medical marijuana, and heard stories from patients around the state who seek its relief.  In addition, Del. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) plans to reintroduce a bill this January that would establish a program to regulate medical marijuana.  Until then, lawmakers are studying medical marijuana policies across the country to find a plan that fits for West Virginia.

Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for MPP, wrote to the Charleston Gazette:

Lawmakers in Charleston are fortunate in that they can look at 20 other states’ laws and determine which features would work best for West Virginia. The fact that this process has already begun provides hope to countless seriously ill residents and their families, some of whom worry they might one day have to leave the state in order to follow their doctors’ advice.

It is time for state lawmakers to take a long, hard look at the evidence surrounding this issue and build upon the knowledge that has been gained from the hearings held this year. If they do so objectively, they will surely agree that West Virginia should be the next state to enact a sensible medical marijuana law.

6 thoughts on “West Virginia Moves Towards Medical Marijuana”

  1. Well it’s about time you joined the party West Virginia. Now all we need is all of these other states to jump on the bandwagon. Come on people it’s a harmless plant with a ton of medical benefits and logical usage.

  2. WV was one of the first states in the country to pass mmj legislation way back in 1979 (along with around 30 other states). AFAIK, that law is still on the books waiting for the program to be implemented. Doesn’t seem like any of the state reps are aware of that particular piece of legislation.

  3. I think if the medical costs of drug worries them than try a short term edible Medical Marijuana law that goes to everyone of age not just terminally ill patients and tax it. Then I think if that works try full use of the Plant that has been known as the God plant and tax it. When you look at basically every other state that has Medical Marijuana it’s a Mountain State and that’s exactly the nickname of Wild And Wonderful West Virginia the Mountain State.

  4. I think if the medical costs of the plant worries them than try a short term edible Medical Marijuana law that goes to everyone of age not just terminally ill patients and tax it. Then I think if that works try full use of the Plant that has been known as the God plant and tax it. When you look at basically every other state that has Medical Marijuana it’s a Mountain State and that’s exactly the nickname of Wild And Wonderful West Virginia the Mountain State.

  5. I think if the medical costs of the plant worries them than try a short term edible Medical Marijuana law that goes to everyone of age not just terminally ill patients and tax it. Then I think if that works try full use of the Plant that has been known as the God plant and tax it. When you look at basically every other state that has Medical Marijuana it’s a Mountain State and that’s exactly the nickname of Wild And Wonderful West Virginia the Mountain State.

  6. This law will be in favor of people who are suffering from dreadful diseases whose cure is expensive. Medical marijuana will be proved to be an alternative at affordable cost.

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