The Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) is charged with the overseeing of the medical cannabis program in West Virginia. The OMC falls under the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau of Public Health. The OMC and its committee determine what laws and regulations are required to provide West Virginians safe and licensed medical cannabis for those that qualify for a medical card. The OMC also handles the business licensing of the West Virginia medical cannabis community.
The following entities shall be authorized to receive a permit to operate as a medical cannabis organization to grow, process or dispense medical cannabis:
At the time the bureau determines a grower/processor to be operational, the grower/processor must provide the bureau with a full and complete plan of operation for review. A grower/processor may only grow, store, harvest, or process medical cannabis in an indoor, enclosed, secure facility as approved by the bureau and must use only pesticides, fungicides or herbicides that are approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for use on medical cannabis plants.
A dispensary may only dispense medical cannabis to a patient or caregiver in an indoor, enclosed, secure facility as approved by the bureau and may not be located within 1000 feet of the property line of a public, private or parochial school, or a day-care center. Additionally, they may not be located within 1000 feet of the property line for a grow/processing site or a medical practitioner or other physician.