CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Bureau has announced that Eligible West Virgins with Serious Illnesses can now register for a medical cannabis patient card.

More medical marijuana is coming to West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice signed the Medical Cannabis Act on April 19, 2017. Tonight, some say West Virginia is years behind on medical marijuana.

“Personally, I don’t think I would be here without medicinal cannabis,” said Rusty Williams, a patient advocate.

Williams was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. At the time he was not insured. While he was fighting for health insurance, the cancer spread and he had to undergo chemotherapy. “I made a decision at the outset that I could do this as long as I could use cannabis instead of pharmaceuticals to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy,” Williams said.

The West Virginia medical cannabis bureau is encouraging. Eligible West Virgins with serious illnesses can register for a medical cannabis patient card.

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Williams says he wouldn’t be here today without medical marijuana. “It got me through the whole deal. I didn’t have to take pain medication, I didn’t have to take any nausea medication. You know, medical cannabis saved my life. “

And today the Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Crouch announced his encouragement to those seeking this treatment. However, patients must be analyzed by a certified doctor before they can apply for the card.

“The person seeking medical cannabis must be certified by a doctor and then apply for the registration card online,” said Crouch.

People like Williams argue that the mountain state is behind the times in this process.

“It’s 2021 and our law was signed in April 2017. Patients still don’t have access. If caught with cannabis, you will be treated like a criminal, and I feel like West Virginia is moving backwards.”

Rusty Williams

Applicants are advised to be familiar with all federal laws relating to the possession, manufacture, and distribution of medical cannabis.

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