CHARLESTON — A bill to encourage medical marijuana businesses to set up shop in West Virginia has passed the West Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate. It awaits the governor's signature.
West Virginia's medical marijuana law passed in 2017. It was scheduled to take effect in July of this year but is running behind schedule.
House Bill 2079, sponsored by Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, removes a provision from the 2017 law that states a marijuana grower or processor may not also be a marijuana dispensary. Now, a grower may be a processor, and a processor may be a grower. Growers and processors may be dispensaries. Dispensaries may be growers and processors. This is referred to as "vertical integration."