Bill 3251 of the West Virginia House would create the "Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act." It was written by Mike Maypenny, a Democrat from Taylor, WV. It was introduced in February, 2011.
The word I'm hearing is that it's going to be brought up for discussion at some point this year. It would allow for medical marijuana use in the state of West Virginia. If passed, WV would follow Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington in allowing medical marijuana. Arizona has some similar laws, but not exactly the same as the other states.
Here's the introduction to House Bill 3251 -
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §16-8A-1, §16-8A-2, §16-8A-3, §16-8A-4, §16-8A-5, §16-8A-6, §16-8A-7, §16-8A-8, §16-8A-9, §16-8A-10, §16-8A-11, §16-8A-12, §16-8A-13 and §16-8A-14, all relating to creating the "Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act;" stating legislative intent; permitting the medical use of marijuana; determining the types of patients and their physicians and caregivers who are exempt from prosecution; limiting the amount of marijuana that may be possessed; designating compassion centers; requiring sales tax to be collected and deposited into a special fund for drug prevention and abuse; prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle; requiring the use of identification cards; requiring record keeping to be confidential; permitting funding; requiring reports; collecting sales tax; setting forth duties of the State Police; defining terms; and granting rule-making authority.
That weird symbol stands for "sub-section." To read the entire bill, click here.
Would medical marijuana be good for the state of West Virginia? I feel like marijuana is a very misunderstood drug. Can it cause problems? Yes. But, a lot of research over the years has shown that marijuana can have a lot of positive benefits as well.
At the very least, creating a medical marijuana law in West Virginia would likely cut down on arrests for possession. It's something that a lot of people are doing, and a lot of people who would be able to use this for medicinal purposes shouldn't be prosecuted for it.
While there is room for the system to be abused; I'm sure the amount of "glaucoma" incidents would suddenly increase, I feel like the potential pros will outweigh any cons. The state of West Virginia would be monitoring and in charge of the marijuana industry in the state. It would take it off the street and into the state. That seems like a step in the right direction to me.
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