Medical cannabis patient registration opens this week, Putnam News

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CHARLESTON – Eligible Western Virgins with serious illnesses can register to receive medical cannabis from Wednesday, February 3, 12:00 noon.

“Even during this pandemic, the Office of Medical Cannabis has worked hard to move the program forward and achieve these steps to ensure medical cannabis is made available to West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions,” said Jason Frame, director of the State Office of Medical Cannabis, in a press release.

The West Virginia Department of Public Health announced the update Friday as well as successful applicants for medical cannabis dispensary approvals. Recipients of these permits are permitted to operate retail locations within the state for certified patients. A full list of pharmacy license holders can be found at www.medcanwv.org.

Eligible West Virgins can register at www.medcanwv.org. However, registration does not mean that medicinal cannabis products are immediately available.

The industry is working to establish facilities in West Virginia, according to the press release. Patient Cards are only valid in the state and do not provide legal protection for products obtained outside of the state system. All patients must register online.

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act allows West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions to source medical cannabis for certified medical uses in the following forms: pill; Oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a medically acceptable form for administration by vaporization or atomization, dry leaf or plant form; Tincture; Liquid; or skin patches.

Serious medical conditions considered under the Medical Cannabis Act include cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, seizures, PTSD, and more.

The list of physicians registered to certify patients with a serious medical condition as suitable for the use of medicinal cannabis is also available at www.medcanwv.org.