Green CulturED is authorized by West Virginia’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) through the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to provide our two (2) hour cannabis industry training certification.
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Our team is overly excited to be a part of this endeavor and looks forward to providing the required courses needed to be compliant with West Virginia medical cannabis laws.
Those working in West Virginia’s medical cannabis industry will need to undergo two (2) hours of online training. The training is the latest step toward getting the state’s program operational. Those working in West Virginia’s medical cannabis industry will need to undergo online training and is the latest step toward getting the state’s years-delayed program operational.
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act permits West Virginia residents with a serious medical condition to procure medical cannabis for certified medical use in the following forms: pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams, or ointments; a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, dry leaf or plant form; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch.
Course participants will be educated regarding West Virginia medical cannabis law, rules and policies, as well as how to recognize and report unauthorized activity, proper handling of medical cannabis, proper record keeping, prevention and detection of the diversion of medical cannabis, transportation, dispensing, emergency preparedness procedures, chemical handling, inventory control systems, storage, security, reporting requirements, and health and safety considerations.
Successful completion requires participants to pass each training section with a grade rate of 70%. The subject matter of the West Virginia industry training course shall include all of the following, but not be limited to these cannabis training topic requirements:
1. The provisions of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and the administrative rules relevant to the responsibilities of principals and employees.
2. Methods to recognize and report unauthorized activity, including diversion of medical cannabis for unlawful purposes and falsification of identification cards.
3. Proper Handling of Medical Cannabis
4. Proper Recordkeeping
5. How to Prevent and Detect the Diversion of Medical Cannabis
6. Best Practice Security Procedures
7. Best practice safety procedures, including responding to the following:
- Medical Emergency
- Fire Emergency
- Chemical Spill
- Threatening Event (including armed robbery, burglary, and criminal incident)
1. West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act
2. Preventing & Detecting Diversion
3. Valid & Fake Identification
4. Safety & Security Best Practices
The West Virginia two (2) hour medical cannabis industry training course is required to be approved by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) to make sure it satisfies the educational requirements to work.
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West Virginia Medical Cannabis Legal Landscape
Medical Cannabis Regulatory Authority
The Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) will implement the program, including developing rules, inspecting medical cannabis businesses, processing applications, and issuing patient Identification (ID) cards and business licenses. The law also created an advisory board established to make recommendations to the bureau. The board will include law enforcement members, physicians, a horticultural expert, and one patient advocate as well as the board recommended allowing access to a dry leaf or cannabis’ plant flowers.
Medical Cannabis Limitations
The only types of medical cannabis allowed initially were pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquid, and non-whole plant forms (ex. “dry leaf or plant form”) for administration through vaporization. Dispensaries cannot sell edibles, but medical cannabis products could be mixed into food or drinks by patients themselves. Vaporization (or oils) is allowed, but smoking is prohibited. Patients may only obtain a thirty (30) day supply of medical cannabis at any given time.
Medical Cannabis Access
Home cultivation is not allowed. Patients will be allowed to obtain cannabis from regulated dispensaries once they are up and running. In addition, the bureau may enter into agreements with other states to allow terminally ill cancer patients to buy medical cannabis in another state.
Per Se DUID Law
Patients will be forbidden from driving and from undertaking some other activities if they have more than three (3) nanograms of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) per milliliter of blood serum. This standard could make it illegal for some patients to ever drive since many patients have THC levels at this amount or greater many hours or days after last administering medical cannabis.
Medical Cannabis Businesses
The bureau will issue up to ten (10) grower permits, up to ten (10) processor permits, and no more than one hundred (100) dispensary permits. It will also regulate testing laboratories. Medical cannabis organizations will be required to use seed-to-sale tracking of cannabis and to meet rules regarding delivery, transportation, recordkeeping, security, and surveillance in the state of West Virginia.
Local Medicinal Cannabis Bans
Counties may ban medical cannabis businesses entirely or may limit their locations within the county.
Legal Medical Cannabis Protections
A registered patient or caregiver is protected from arrest, prosecution, and the denial of other privileges. Employers may not discriminate against a person for their status as a registered patient, though they do not have to accommodate employees’ on-site use. The bureau will promulgate rules regarding medical cannabis at schools, daycares, and other public spaces where use is limited.
Research Medical Cannabis Licensees
The bureau is directed to set up a medical cannabis research program with a vertically integrated health system – which provides the complete spectrum of care – and perhaps academic medical centers. The cannabis provided in this program would be funded from the taxes and fees levied on patients in the rest of the program.
New Medical Cannabis Crimes
Several new crimes are created to penalize medical cannabis diversion and other violations of the law and rules issued pursuant to it. For example, physicians intentionally and knowingly certify a person for medical cannabis if the person does not qualify to face a felony. Patients and caregivers who knowingly possess more medical cannabis than are allowed face up to six (6) months in jail.
Medical Cannabis Taxes & Fees
Applicants will pay $2,500 per dispensary application and $5,000 per grower or processor application. Registration fees are $10,000 for each dispensary location and $50,000 for growers and processors. A 10% tax is levied on sales from dispensaries to patients or caregivers. Patients are initially charged $50 for an Identification (ID) card, which can be waived for financial hardship.
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