CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation legalizing medical marijuana is one step closer to becoming law in West Virginia. The Senate Wednesday approved SB 386 by a vote of 28-6.
However, the bill includes some technical changes made after the House passed the bill earlier this week. Both chambers have agreed to those “clean ups,” which do not affect the substance of the bill. The House is expected to sign off on those details and the bill then goes to Governor Jim Justice.
The bill will make West Virginia the 29th state allowing the use of marijuana for the treatment of certain kinds of pain and illnesses with approval by a physician. Under the legislation, the marijuana would have to be taken in pill or liquid form. It does not allow for marijuana to be smoked or gown by the patient.
Governor Justice has said he’s not opposed to medical marijuana.
Read more here about the medical marijuana bill.
Read Hoppy’s Commentary about the medical marijuana.