Out-of-state companies, campaign donors make up majority of West Virginia’s medical cannabis growers

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News and Sentinel - By Steven Allen Adams - October 17, 2020

CHARLESTON — After years of delay, West Virginia recently took a big step by selecting the first growers for its medical cannabis program, but West Virginia-based companies were largely left out in favor of out-of-state companies including a political donor.

The Office of Medical Cannabis in the Department of Health and Human Resources announced Oct. 2 the selection of 10 applicants for medical cannabis grower permits.

The medical cannabis program was capped by the West Virginia Legislature at 10 growers permits, 10 processor permits and up to 100 dispensaries. While a person or a business can hold permits for all three permitting processes, no person or business can have more than 10 dispensary permits.

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