West Virginia Reopens Application for Medical Cannabis Testing Labs
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West Virginia Reopens Application for Medical Cannabis Testing Labs

The application process will remain open indefinitely, and the state will issue an unlimited number of licenses.

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June 30, 2020

West Virginia announced June 29 that the Office of Medical Cannabis will reopen the application process for medical testing labs.

The state will accept applications indefinitely and will issue an unlimited number of licenses, according to the announcement.

“This is a key step in the process to make medical cannabis available to West Virginians with serious medical conditions,” Office of Medical Cannabis Director Jason Frame said in a public statement. “We and many others continue to work toward a goal of providing eligible West Virginia residents the ability to procure quality-tested medical cannabis.”

The application process originally spanned two months and closed on Feb. 18, according to a West Virginia Public Broadcasting report, but only one lab applied for a license during that period.

West Virginia’s Medical Cannabis Act became law in April 2017, the news outlet reported, and although the state sought to make cannabis available to patients within two years, regulators now estimate that the program won’t be fully operational until spring 2021.