West Virginia

West Virginia

2,150
Registered Patient Population
0.12%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
2
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
1,075 : 1
Patients : Retail

Medical cannabis is legal in West Virginia; patients and caregivers may possess a 30day supply of medical cannabis products. Few retail locations throughout the state and high costs create burdens to access for many of the state's patients. Out of state medical cannabis cards are not recognized in West Virginia except in the case of terminally ill cancer patients.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 55/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 15/20
Parental Rights Protections 0/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 10/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 17/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 0/20
- Authorizes Delivery 0/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 0/10
Personal Cultivation 0/15
Collective Gardening 0/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 1/30
Reciprocity 6/20
Program Functionality 62/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 16/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 8/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 8/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 15/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 0/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 5/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 3/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 2/5
Access to Administration Methods 3/10
- Allows Dried Flower 0/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 3/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 5/5
Affordability 60/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 20/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 20/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 0/10
Health and Social Equity 15/100   
State Program Protections 0/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 8/10
Access in Underserved Areas 0/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 7/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 0/10
Organ Transplants 0/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 145/200   
Total 33/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 8/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Water Management 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 5/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 7/7
Total 28/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 6/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 0/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 0/5
- Cannabinoids 0/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 0/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 5/5
Total 44/50
Staff Training 20/20
Standard Operating Procedures 6/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Product Testing 5/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 5/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 13/13
Total 40/50
Independent or Third-Party 5/5
Laboratory Sampling 5/5
Method Validation 4/4
Quality Management Systems 5/5
Staff Training 10/20
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Result Reporting 4/4
Score Penalties 20/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 0/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 10/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 10/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 0/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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