CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project tells state lawmakers that permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes can be a revenue generator for the state, although he says helping patients who need it is more important.
Matt Simon made the comments on Wednesday to an interim committee studying medical marijuana issues.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 20 states and the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Marijuana is still outlawed under federal law, however.
Simon told lawmakers public opinion on legalizing marijuana is shifting toward allowing it and that it can be used to treat several illnesses.
No specific legislation that would allow the use of medical marijuana in West Virginia was discussed during the hearing.
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