Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2017: The governor signed a bill into law legalizing the use of marijuana for medical use.
2019: The governor signed bills allowing credit unions to bid for the state’s account, and increasing the number of dispensaries to 100.


In April 2017, Governor Justice signed a bill into law legalizing the use of medical marijuana for certain medical conditions. However, the medical marijuana program is still in its early stages and has not yet launched. In 2019, Governor Justice signed multiple bills into law in order to solve some of the challenges and push the process of developing a program along.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in West Virginia?

The only types of medical cannabis that will be allowed initially are oils, creams, pills, gels and liquids. Vaporization is legal however, smoking is not. Patients may obtain a 30-day supply at a time and home cultivation is prohibited. Regulations regarding sales and distribution have not yet been drafted or put into place so currently, there are no operating dispensaries in the state. Approved medical conditions include but are not limited to:

  • ALS
  • PTSD
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Severe or chronic pain

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in West Virginia?

Driving with more than three nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood serum is illegal.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in West Virginia?

The medical marijuana program is still in the early stages of development and at this time, medical marijuana cards cannot be obtained.

Can I use marijuana in public in West Virginia?


Can I sell marijuana in West Virginia?

Only state-registered dispensaries will be able to sell marijuana.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding West Virginia marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.