Marking a liberal approach by creating a bigger role in treating the terminally ill, West Virginia on Wednesday joined the club of states that legalized medical marijuana.
Smokable and pre-made edible forms of marijuana are not permitted in the law and marijuana plant cultivation for personal, medical use is prohibited by unlicensed growers.
West Virginia's State Bureau of Public Health will oversee the implementation of the new rule for medical marijuana and will issue the patient identification cards by July 2019.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and bureau commissioner, said - as the Mountain State becomes the 29th state legalizing medical marijuana - there is still a lot that is not known about it. To bring a state Senate bill to the floor, state House Republicans revolted against their leadership with a parliamentary procedure led by state House Democrats to override reluctant leaders. "It's something that we are continuing to learn, evolve, but as Governor Justice said, if there's a way we can help people with compassion, for the chronic pain being at the heart of it, we must try to do that". Unlike other states that decriminalized it, the use of marijuana in its natural, flower form will remain illegal.
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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. New York's new law only allows people with "severe debilitating or life threatening conditions" to obtain marijuana for medical use.
According to the Center for Disease Control, West Virginia has the highest opioid drug overdose death rate in the country.
While eight states in the USA legalized marijuana past year, its neighbor to the north plans to become the second country in the world to legalize the recreational use of the drug on a nationwide scale.
While the federal government decides what it wants to do, advocates are moving quickly to recreate their medical marijuana success in the legislature. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. Medical use was approved by ballot initiative in 14 of those states, beginning with California in 1996.