On Wellness in WV

Who’s deciding whether you can smoke marijuana?

Interested in who will be making recommendations to DHHR, and the West Virginia Legislature, on what medical conditions qualify you as a medical marijuana patient? Or who will be recommending whether marijuana dispensaries should sell marijuana in plant form?

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has divided into three work groups. Following the second board meeting today, a DHHR spokesman sent me the workgroup descriptions, as well as a list of members for each group.

Advising the rest of the group on medical conditions that should qualify, we have: Dr. Arvinder Bir, Huntington; Kimberly Knuckles, a Beaver pharmacist; Dr. James Felsen, Great Cacapon; and Dr. Rudy Malayil, Huntington.

Advising on the forms of marijuana that should be permitted, we have: Michelle R. Easton, PharmD, Charleston; Dr. Joseph Selby, Morgantown; D. Keith Randolph, Boone County prosecuting attorney; and Russell A. Williams, of Nitro, who serves as the patient advocate.

And advising on how to ensure affordable access, and whether to change the number of growers, processors and dispensaries, we have: Colonel Jan Cahill, superintendent of the West Virginia State Police; W. Jesse Forbes, a Charleston lawyer; Joseph Hatton, a horticulturalist and deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Charleston; and Michael J. Deegan, a Cross Lanes social worker.

The groups are planning to meet and report back at the next board meeting, on Dec. 14 in Morgantown. A location has not been announced. Neither have any individual group meetings.

If you’re interested in the PowerPoint presentations, on the upcoming patient and provider surveys and other info, from the meeting today, you can also find that here.