They are saying higher late than by no means, however within the case of constructing medical hashish obtainable regionally to West Virginia sufferers, wow.
It was means again in April 2017 when West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a invoice into legislation creating the state’s Medical Hashish Act. Beneath the Act, appropriately licensed sufferers with a qualifying situation may use hashish in numerous varieties; together with tablets, oils, topical varieties, for vaping, dry leaf, tincture liquids or dermal patches.
It usually takes time from when a invoice is signed into legislation to see drugs within the palms of sufferers, however in West Virginia’s case it’s been four-and-a-half years – and greater than 4,000 of the state’s residents have utilized for this system. The issue has been West Virginia’s affected person card is legitimate solely in that state and gives no authorized safety for merchandise obtained outdoors it.
There was speak of reciprocity agreements with any states with comparable necessities, however that was to solely be for terminally in poor health sufferers and no such agreements had been ever made.
On the business facet of issues it wasn’t till late 2019 the appliance course of for medical hashish growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories kicked off. So, almost two years have handed since.
However lastly, the wait is over for medical hashish card holders in Virginia – assuming they’re cell as they might must journey a ways at this level.
Late final week, Trulieve introduced the opening of its first dispensary in West Virginia – and the primary within the state – in Morgantown. The corporate additionally plans to open its second retail location in Weston on Monday.
“We look forward to serving West Virginia patients, who have been patiently waiting for this day to arrive,” stated Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers.
The corporate, which operates in 11 states, has a 100,000 sq. foot cultivation facility at Huntington. Trulieve says it has scaled its cultivation capability to satisfy affected person demand and plans to open extra dispensary storefronts throughout West Virginia within the 12 months forward.
“Our team is especially eager to leverage our first-mover advantage to bolster local economies by creating sustainable jobs and investing in marginalized communities,” stated Ms. Rivers.
Additional info on Virginia’s medical hashish program will be discovered right here.