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West Virginia Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Capito, Shelley Moore - (R - WV) 

172 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6472

Contact: www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley 

 

Manchin, Joe, III - (D - WV) 

306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3954

Contact: www.manchin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form 

 

Marijuana Policy Project on West Virginia:

Last update: July 22, 2015

West Virginia legislators fail to act in 2015

In each of the last four years, bills have been introduced in the West Virginia House that would have legalized marijuana for medical use in West Virginia. In 2015, the conversation moved to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson), Senate Majority Whip Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming), and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) showed strong leadership by sponsoring a medical marijuana bill, SB 546. An identical bill, HB 2909, was introduced in the House by Delegate Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson) and a bipartisan group of 10 co-sponsors.

These sensible, compassionate bills would have provided relief to patients with a variety of serious, debilitating conditions, but, unfortunately, legislative committees failed to take action and the bills did not advance. Patients and advocates will have to wait until 2016 before they can try again.

2014 poll shows increased support

A poll released in January 2014 shows that statewide public support for medical marijuana increased since a similar poll was conducted last winter. The new poll — which was commissioned by MPP and conducted by Public Policy Polling — found that support for medical marijuana increased to 56% (up from 53%), and opposition dropped to 34% (down from 40%). As public opinion continues to evolve, we need to help legislators understand that supporting medical marijuana will help them rather than hurt them in their re-election efforts.

West Virginia Cannabis News

 

CHARLESTON — A law expanding the list of people the Commissioner of Agriculture may license to grow hemp went into effect Tuesday.

The list of legal marijuana states is continuing to grow after a measure aiming to legalize medical cannabis in West Virginia was passed by the House of Delegates.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit trade association has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help back the effort to turn industrial hemp into the West Virginia's next niche crop.