Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

West Virginia governor signs broad medical marijuana bill

West Virginia governor signs broad medical marijuana bill

Several types of research suggest that West Virginia has a lot to gain from legalizing marijuana. The dispensaries will not sell buds for smoking or marijuana edibles, although patients can prepare their own at home.

Effective medical marijuana laws have now been enacted in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the USA territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. NY state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016.

West Virginia might soon become the 29th state in the USA to decriminalize marijuana for medical use. "Doctors are telling us this is a pathway to help those people". Physicians who wish to prescribe it will have to attend a four-hour training course, according to the law, which goes into effect July 1, 2019.

"This legislation is going to benefit countless West Virginia patients and families for years to come", says Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a West Virginia native. "Medical marijuana can be effective in treating a variety of debilitating conditions and symptoms". Three of those laws, including West Virginia's, passed through Republican-controlled legislatures.

Co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research, found that opioid overdose deaths decrease by nearly 25% in states that decriminalize the drug.

This year, advocates have their eyes on Rhode Island, where pot advocates in the legislature are trying to race MA, whose voters legalized marijuana by in November, to the market.

The new law will make medical marijuana available for certain medical conditions under strict state controls.

The law does not limit the ability to discipline an employee for being under the influence of medical marijuana in the workplace or for working while under the influence of medical marijuana when the employee's conduct falls below the standard of care normally accepted for that position. Medical use was approved by ballot initiative in 14 of those states, beginning with California in 1996.

On the floor of the House lawmakers were debating Senate Bill 17, which would allow residents suffering from PTSD and with a recommendation from a doctor to buy marijuana without paying retail taxes.

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