W.Va. counties watching work of medical marijuana advisory board

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) 8/17/2017

Back in April, Governor Jim Justice signed into law authorization for use of medical marijuana in West Virginia.

A state board has now begun working on a plan to implement that law.

Local counties are taking a "wait and see" approach before deciding whether marijuana for medical use can be grown in their counties.

Wood County Commission President Blair Couch, meantime, believes Parkersburg will be a location where marijuana for medical use will be supplied.

But, with only ten growers allowed in the state, he adds there are a lot of unanswered questions about where and how that growing will happen.

"And each grower is allowed two farms," Couch says. "So creating that list of growers, and how are they going to manage that? Will they have to post a bond, do they have to have certain bona fides. Do they have to do a lot of different things."

The product will be dispensed only in capsule or oil form, with smoking prohibited.

Couch also noted it has to be determined what kind of doctor's prescription a patient needs in order to use it.

The state Medical Cannibis Advisory Board held its first meeting Wednesday in Charleston. Couch says it has a lot of work to do before implementing a policy.