WEST VIRGINIA: State lawmakers got their first glimpse Wednesday of a draft bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in West Virginia.
A joint House-Senate health committee unveiled the proposed legislation that would allow people with specific illnesses, such as cancer, to possess up to six ounces of marijuana and a dozen marijuana plants and seedlings.
The bill would require people to get a certificate from a doctor to use marijuana. Five nonprofit “compassion centers” across the state would distribute the drug.
“It’s a very well-written and comprehensive bill,” said Mike Manypenny, D-Taylor, who has sponsored similar legislation in past years. “It’s a step in the right direction to now get feedback from members [of the Legislature] to see what concerns they may have.”