STATES CHRONICLE – On March 31, the House of Delegates approved the request coming from John Shott, the House Judiciary Chairman, who asked for a couple more days to re-read the new medical marijuana bill. Members part of the state House of Delegates were scheduled to adopt the bill which would make medical marijuana to be legal in West Virginia on April 3rd. Shott argued that members of the House should be aware of the fact that not all the laws regarding medical marijuana are the same.
House of Delegates members need to decide whether they adopt the new medical marijuana bill or not
Some of them are very severe, and the one mentioned in the bill is more aggressive. Members of the House of Delegates need to pay attention and consider voting for the one which is more cautious. The new medical marijuana bill (SB 386) is bound to develop The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act. The bill will be read for the second time on April 3rd during the session.
The legislation will develop the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission consisting of 16 members who are law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and others, being bound to review the state medical marijuana program. The commission which would be created would provide patient ID cards, develop regulations for the legal distribution and consumption, set fees and establish conditions where specialists could recommend it for medical consumption.
The Senate of West Virginia already approved the bill
On March 29, the Senate approved this bill with 28 votes pro and six votes against it. By March 31, the document was already on its second reading after on March 30 the bill moved by several House members who were already ready to approve it. Shott asked for some time to bring the proposed amendments on April 3rd. Tim Armstead was known to have been opposed to this bill.
Matt Simon, who is a West Virginia graduate, is currently working with the Marijuana Policy Project, argued that many patients could use marijuana as a safer method, substituting opioids and other painkillers. Simon claimed that the people who will re-read the bill need to take into account the fact that there are a lot of patients in West Virginia who were prescribed opioid painkillers which may contain Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin. These substances could cause addiction, killing people.
Image courtesy of: flickr