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Release Date: 03/28/2019
Contact: Delegate Mick Bates, (304) 673-7197


Mick Bates


Veto of Vertical Integration Bill Could Delay Medical Cannabis Program

Delegate Mick Bates, D-Raleigh, expressed his concern that not having vertical integration in place could delay implementation of West Virginia’s medical cannabis program, which is set to go into effect in July.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice vetoed House Bill 2079, which would have permitted people to grow, process, and dispense medical cannabis instead of limiting a person to only one of those three categories.

“This was very disappointing. The bill would have made it economically viable for private industry to grow, process, and dispense medical cannabis. This will unnecessarily delay implementation of this program that has already been delayed. This will prevent West Virginians in need of accessing medication from receiving it in a timely manner,” Delegate Bates said.

“If statutory changes need to be made, I call on the governor to do the right thing and add it to the existing special session. If not, I will be petitioning two-thirds of my legislative colleagues to do it without him,” Delegate Bates added.




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