West Virginia Legislature May Revisit Medical Marijuana

West Virginia Legislature May Revisit Medical Marijuana

House Speaker Tim Armstead said he hopes a banking solution can be found and lawmakers can meet before next year’s session to put the program back on track.

May 23, 2018

CHARLESTON — A petition for the West Virginia Legislature to call itself into special session to fix the state’s medical marijuana bill failed during May legislative interim meetings, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers won’t reconsider the issue before next year’s regular session.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said he has spoken with Gov. Jim Justice and House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, about how to best work out banking problems with the medical marijuana program.

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Armstead said he hopes a solution can be found and lawmakers can meet before next year’s session to put the program back on track.

Last year, the Legislature passed a bill allowing for the medical use of marijuana beginning in 2019, after the state had time to set up rules and regulations and create an application process for growers, processors and dispensers.

But state Treasurer John Perdue said in March that his office would not be able to handle financial transactions—such as application fees—because of a conflict between state and federal law regarding marijuana.

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