Cannabis registration planned for Beckley | State and region
The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC), under the direction of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, will be holding a public registration event for medical cannabis patients from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Raleigh County DHHR office, 407 Neville St., Beckley.
Patients who have already been certified by a licensed physician as having an applicable serious medical condition should bring the following:
• Completed patient certification form
• Driver’s license, identity card or passport
• Proof of residency in West Virginia, such as a utility bill
• $ 50 patient ID application fee, which must be paid by check or money order
Patients who have not previously seen a licensed physician should bring the following in addition to the above:
• At least one medical document that shows the diagnosis, such as medical records, a letter from a doctor, or office visit summaries.
• a valid photo ID
• Two proofs of residency in West Virginia for state registration
• Cash, credit or debit to pay the doctor’s assessment fee of $ 149
Patients with a family income of 200% or less of the federal poverty line may request a waiver of the $ 50 patient ID fee at the event. If a waiver is requested, applicants must provide their most recent W2, pay stubs from the last 30 days, or proof of eligibility for low income benefits.
Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be scheduled by calling 304-356-5090.
To date, the WTO has received 3,472 patient requests for medical cannabis. Patients who register early or who have already registered will have their Patient Card term extended as follows:
• Register before September 30 – the card is valid for a total of 2 years (1 year original + 1 year extension)
• Register after October 1st – card is valid for a total of 1 year
The Beckley event is the third OMC patient registration event. The first took place on July 26 in Charleston, the second on August 25 in Morgantown. The purpose of these events is to provide in-person assistance to those who have difficulty registering as a patient.
Patient cards are only valid in West Virginia. Registration does not mean that medical cannabis products can be obtained immediately.
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act allows residents of West Virginia with serious medical conditions to obtain medical cannabis for certified medical use in the following forms: the pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a medically suitable form for administration by spray or nebulization; leaf or dry plant form; dyeing; liquid; or skin patch.
In addition to the Beckley event, eligible West Virginia can sign up for a medical cannabis patient card at http://medcanwv.org/. A list of physicians registered to certify patients eligible for the use of medical cannabis is available on the website.