How To Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia

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Overview of Medical Marijuana in West Virginia

To obtain a medical marijuana card in West Virginia, individuals must firstly have a qualifying condition or believe they currently suffer from one. Then, meet with a qualified West Virginia physician to receive a written certification that proves you suffer from an eligible qualifying condition. After your appointment and doctor’s approval, the next step is then to register on the state’s medical marijuana website and upload all necessary documents, along with a $50 application fee. Upon approval, patients will receive their medical marijuana card, then granting them access to purchase and use medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries in the state.

Benefits of Having a Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia

Having a medical marijuana card in West Virginia provides several advantages. Firstly, it allows individuals to legally purchase and possess medical marijuana products such as flower, tinctures, concentrates, vapes, capsules, and topicals. This ensures they have safe and also regulated access to the medication they need. Additionally, possessing a medical marijuana card offers legal protection, allowing patients to consume their medication without fear of legal repercussions. It also provides an opportunity to explore different strains and products, tailored to specific medical conditions, enhancing the overall effectiveness of the treatment. [1][2][3]

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card Process

Step 1: Understanding the Qualifying Medical Conditions

Criteria to Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia

To obtain a medical marijuana card in West Virginia, individuals must meet certain criteria. Firstly, one must be a resident of West Virginia. Secondly, they must be suffering from at least one of the 15 qualifying medical conditions specified by the state. These conditions include chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and others. Patients must also have a completed Patient Certification from a medical marijuana doctor in the state, certifying the individual’s condition.

Qualifying conditions in West Virginia include:

  • Cancer
  • Position status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Intractable seizures
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
  • Terminal illness that is defined as a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course.

Obtaining Necessary Documentation

In order to apply for a medical marijuana card, individuals need to have the necessary documentation. This includes a digital photo of themselves, proof of residency, and the Patient Certification from a qualified medical marijuana doctor. The digital photo must meet the specific requirements outlined by the state. This photo will be the photo used on your medical cannabis card. The photo should be clear, front-facing with head and shoulders included. Please be sure to remove hats, sunglasses, and do not use filters. Essentially, the photo should resemble a passport or drivers license photo. Once all the documentation is in order and a physician has given an individual a completed certification form, apply for a medical card through the state’s website. Upon approval, you will receive their card, allowing them to legally access and use medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries in West Virginia. [5]

Step 2: Finding a Certified Physician

Importance of Finding a Certified Physician in West Virginia

When it comes to obtaining a medical marijuana card in West Virginia, finding a qualified physician is crucial. Certified physicians play a vital role in reviewing and diagnosing patients with qualifying medical conditions, as well as recommending medical marijuana as part of their treatment plan. These physicians have undergone specific training and have completed state registration. This ensures that patients receive proper care and guidance throughout the process. Only West Virginia certified marijuana doctor can fill out your patient certification form. Additionally, doctors must have completed the required four-hour course on marijuana education to be able to prescribe marijuana. All of PrestoDoctor’s physicians are certified with the state and approved for medical marijuana evaluations.

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a certified physician in West Virginia, the process is simple and convenient. Individuals can either schedule their appointment online. During the appointment, patients will have the opportunity to discuss their medical condition(s) with the physician, who will review their documentation and determine if they qualify for a medical marijuana card. Your appointment can be through a phone, computer, or tablet, making it accessible for everyone.

By following these steps and connecting with a certified physician, individuals can successfully navigate the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card in West Virginia. With their card in hand, they will be able to register and access the state’s licensed dispensaries, ensuring they can receive the medical cannabis they need for their qualifying condition. [9][10]

PrestoDoctor Medical Marijuana Doctors

PrestoDoctor boasts certified medical marijuana practitioners who have completed comprehensive courses to ensure full compliance and eligibility to prescribe medical marijuana. Our physicians also possess extensive knowledge of medical cannabis and its potential benefits for various conditions. With a track record of serving over 200,000 patients on a secure, HIPAA-certified platform, PrestoDoctor conducts appointments through Telehealth, allowing you to conveniently consult with a doctor from the comfort of your home. During the approximately 15-minute video chat appointment, our doctors address your concerns and provide information. Rest assured, if our doctors do not approve you for any reason, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee, ensuring you incur no charges if not approved. [13][14]

Step 4: Complete the Patient Registration Application

If your doctor recommends medical marijuana for your qualifying condition, the next step is to register on the West Virginia state website. If you are a new patient, you will have to register for a new account. As a renewal, you’ll need to login to your account using the credentials you provided the previous year.

New patients must create a new application and fill out the New Patient Registration Form. This form will ask for basic personal information. Once this is complete, you must select the available Online-Electronic Certification form from your provider. Next, answer the applicable questions. If you have a financial hardship, the West Virginia state fee may be waived. The next page will prompt you to upload your digital photo, ID document, and proof of West Virginia Residency. Your ID document must be a current photo ID establishing your identity. This includes a passport, driver’s license, or state ID. Acceptable proofs of residency include lease agreements, current utility statements, voter registration cards, or similar forms that establish your West Virginia residency. Additionally, if the $50 application fee waiver is requested, you must upload a document for proof of income or a low-income assistance benefits statement.

Renewal patients must also see a certified physician annually and submit a renewal application to maintain your medical marijuana cardholder status. Renewal patients will follow the same steps as a New Patient. Be sure to submit your renewal application before your card expired to ensure there are no lapses of eligibility.

Step 5: Pay the Application Fee

Once all information is filled out for your application, patients will have the option to either mail their payment or submit payment on line. The West Virginia state application fee is $50, unless provided proof of a financial hardship.

For mail in payment, checks must be payable and mailed to:

WV DHHR
350 Capitol Street
Room 523
Charleston, WV, 25301

Include your legal first and last name with your application reference number (received upon application submission) in the memo line of the check. Then, click submit. Next, you will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received.

To pay in the Patient Application Portal, complete each payment field using your bank account information. After you’ve filled out the information and submitted payment, you will receive a confirmation notice and email shortly after.

Step 6: Await Approval

Applications are processed and reviewed in the order they are received. This is typically within 30 days. You will then receive an email regarding the status of your application within 30-60 days after papplication and payment has been received.

If you’ve been denied, you will be informed of the reason. If your application needs a correction, it will be rejected and sent back for correction. You will not need to create and submit a new application.

If approved, your card will be issued and able to be printed out from the online portal from where you signed up. After you have your card, you will then be eligible to purchase products from dispensaries in West Virginia.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Laws

Please note that although a medical marijuana card proves you have a medical condition which may benefit from the use of medical marijuana, there are still some state wide rules.

  • Patients may not cultivate cannabis
  • Patients can not consume cannabis in public places
  • Patients can not drive or operate motor vehicles while under the influence of cannabis

Final Notes

Getting your West Virginia medical marijuana card is the only way to access legal dispensaries in West Virginia and also possess cannabis. Without a medical marijuana card, you may face legal troubles. Additionally, getting your medical marijuana card in West Virginia is a simple process that can be done with ease. For assistance, contact PrestoDoctor to setup your doctor’s appointment. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have about the process as well as assistance in signing up for an appointment. For assistance from the state of West Virginia, you may contact them via phone [(304)-356-5090], email, or website.