West Virginia Needs More Medical Cannabis Laboratories

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West Virginia will accept medical cannabis laboratory applications in uncertain times, and there is no upper limit on the number of licenses they will provide.

On Monday this week, West Virginia officially announced plans to reopen its application process for medical marijuana testing laboratories so that more laboratories can register, and its medical marijuana testing procedures can also be initiated.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health today announced its Office of Medical Cannabis would resume accepting permit applications for medical cannabis laboratories,” their press release explains the new change and what to expect. “Laboratory permits are not limited in number, and the application process will remain open indefinitely.”

As of now, the state will accept applications in an uncertain time, and there is no upper limit on the number of licenses that can be provided in the future. It is unclear whether there will be an upper limit eventually, but the current problem is not too many applicants, but the upper limit.

“This is a key step in the process to make medical cannabis available to West Virginians with serious medical conditions,” said Jason Frame, Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis, when questioned about the new program. “We and many others continue to work toward a goal of providing eligible West Virginia residents the ability to procure quality-tested medical cannabis.”


Initially, the application process was opened for two months and ended on February 18 this year. But during this period, only one company applied for a permit, so the program must be reopened.

Second round of application

The process is similar to the procedure published in the first round of applications in February: the application will be reviewed and will include a background check for all interested parties. A scoring team will then consider the applications and look at recommendations and best practices for issuing permits to the labs that applied.

The state needs a laboratory so that it can test the quality control and efficacy of cannabis. Although West Virginia legalized medical marijuana in 2017, it has yet to provide marijuana to patients within two years. They hope to have their programs fully up and running by the spring of 2021.

This article is issued High Times.

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