Table of contents
- Who Can Apply for a WV Medical Marijuana Card?
- What Does an MMJ Card Permit in West Virginia?
- How do I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate and Card in West Virginia?
- What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
- How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in West Virginia?
- What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in West Virginia?
- What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
- Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
- How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
- Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in West Virginia?
- Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
- Does West Virginia Have Medical Cannabis Reciprocity?
- Current West Virginia Medical Marijuana Laws
- Useful Links
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Who Can Apply for a WV Medical Marijuana Card?
You must be a legal resident of West Virginia and at least 18 years old to apply for a medical marijuana card. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.
A caregiver of a minor must be a parent or legal guardian. The caregiver must attend the appointment and be certified by the physician. The caregiver will fill out a separate application which must be notarized.
The state keeps a database of all medical cannabis patients, but this is not a public-facing database.
What Does an MMJ Card Permit in West Virginia?
Patients may possess up to a 30-day supply, but no specifics are available on how much a 30-day supply constitutes.
Cannabis can be purchased in the following forms:
- Topical forms, including gels, cream, or ointments.
- A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form, unless dry leaf or plants forms become acceptable under rules adopted by the Bureau for Public Health.
- Dermal Patch.
There is no recreational cannabis use law in West Virginia.
How do I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Certificate and Card in West Virginia?
With Leafwell, you can get your West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
1. Register online with Leafwell
You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a West Virginia medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $199. You are only billed if approved.
2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card
The doctor will review your medical records and ask you questions based on your medical history. They will advise you on whether medical marijuana is a good choice.
3. Your doctor submits your certification to the state on your behalf
Once approved, your medical marijuana physician will enter your information directly into the state’s online licensing and registration system.
4. Complete the medical marijuana application on the government website
Once approved, you can download a digital copy of your card from the state website. The approval process takes 30 to 60 days, and the card is valid for one year.
What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. To get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details and medical records. It is a requirement of the state for our physicians to see medical records before approving a patient for medical cannabis. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners, who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.
The consultation is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a West Virginia registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for various medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions about your medical conditions and history.
At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner can make an informed decision about whether they recommend using medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the West Virginia government.
If an application is unsuccessful, you will not be charged for the consultation.
Once obtained, the certification will last for one year.
How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in West Virginia?
The consultation with one of West Virginia’s registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA-compliant online consultation service is a flat fee of $199. However, you will not be charged if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate.
It costs $50 for the MMJ Card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee that must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for two years. Every time you renew, you must meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.
There is no additional fee for applications that include a designated caregiver.
Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in West Virginia because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.
What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in West Virginia?
According to West Virginia law in 2021, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in West Virginia:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Huntington’s disease
- Intractable seizures
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease (PD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
- Sickle cell anemia
- Terminal illness as defined as a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its ordinary course
Note that this list is up to date as of May 2021. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.
What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
In order to apply for your MMJ Card in West Virginia, you will need to show your signed certificate, which provides proof of your condition and identification documents. You should gather together the following:
- Proof of residency
- A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)
The state also requires a digital photograph which will be used on the card once printed.
Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.
- Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
- State-produced Identification Card
Note that an out-of-state ID is not permitted.
Acceptable proof of residency
- Utility bill
- Any correspondence with a state department
- Bank statement
- Mortgage or rental agreement
- You will need a medical cannabis certificate to fully qualify for a medical marijuana card in West Virginia.
Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
Yes. To responsibly sign a certificate that permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. West Virginia state requires that all practitioners see medical records dated within the last 12 months.
This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.
How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.
There are three types of caregivers:
- Designated by a patient or, if the patient is under 18 years of age, an individual that is a parent or legal guardian of the patient, or
- An individual designated by a patient or legal guardian, or
- The Bureau approves an appropriate individual upon a sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is appropriate or available.
Caregivers must be on the telemedicine consultation with the patient. There is also a caregiver form that must be filled out and notarized. It is then submitted alongside the patient’s application form. A patient can have two caregivers.
Caregivers must be 21 years old. Caregivers must not have been convicted of drug felonies within the past five years.
Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in West Virginia?
No, cultivating cannabis is illegal in West Virginia, even for medical patients.
Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant, and our systems are designed to keep your confidential details safe.
Does West Virginia Have Medical Cannabis Reciprocity?
No, West Virginia does not recognize out-of-state cards. However, West Virginia patients who are terminally ill are permitted to travel to purchase medical cannabis, while dispensaries are unavailable in West Virginia.
Current West Virginia Medical Marijuana Laws
Public intoxication is illegal in West Virginia. Penalties would vary based on the amount found and current marijuana possession laws. Possession of any amount may result in a misdemeanor conviction, up to six months in jail, and a $1,000 fine.
It is illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis. Here are the penalties for driving under the influence:
- First offense: Up to six months in jail, $100-$500 fine, up to six months for driver’s license revocation
- Second offense (within 10 years): Misdemeanor; mandatory six months and up to one-year imprisonment, $1,000-$3,000 fine, up to 10 years driver’s license revocation
- Third and subsequent offenses (within 10 years): Felony; mandatory two years and up to five years imprisonment, mandatory $3,000-$5,000 fine, lifetime driver’s license revocation possible
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To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia, get in touch with the expert team at Leafwell today or use any of these verified resources below:
- West Virginia Medical Cannabis Program
- Patient sign in
- Patient checklist
- Caregiver form
- Step-by-step application walkthrough