CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Democrats in the House of Delegates are asking Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch to fast track an economic study regarding the use of cannabis.
Lawmakers previously asked Gaunch to study the economic impact of the industry in West Virginia, including the number of jobs and related revenue resulting from marijuana.
Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the marijuana industry has the potential to “blow the lid off” on tourism.
Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, said it is time for West Virginians to take advantage of the “fastest growing industry in this country.”
“We need to act this legislative session or risk losing this opportunity of putting West Virginians first for once, instead of being last to act while watching our neighboring states prosper. An economic impact study is the first step in proving what we already know – West Virginians are ready for adult-use cannabis and expect our leaders to lead the way in providing jobs, revenue and a brighter future for our state,” he added.