How To Get A Medical Card in West Virginia

by Haley Mills · November 25, 2022

Looking to get a medical card in West Virginia? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make it happen.

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Whether you’re a West Virginia resident considering applying for an MMJ card or a current cardholder looking to move to West Virginia, you can take steps to secure your WV medical marijuanas card online. The West Virginia medical marijuana card process can be done entirely online. 

One will first need to obtain a certification from a licensed physician that they have a qualifying condition. Once certified by a medical professional, patients can go through the application process online, either through the state website or telehealth providers. Read on as we go over the steps to apply, renew, and become a caregiver in West Virginia. 

The United States and Legal Medical Cannabis

In the United States, medical marijuana programs have been legalized in thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Medical marijuana programs allow patients with specified conditions to own, grow and utilize cannabis products to aid in managing their condition, even if recreational cannabis users are not authorized.

Approved requirements vary by state, and many programs will require patience to apply for a medical cannabis card. This process will typically include a consultation and evaluation by a physician. A primary care provider can often suggest it for medical cannabis patients with long-term or chronic conditions.

Medicinal Cannabis Use

Over fifty peer-reviewed medical studies have been conducted on the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis and its many cannabinoids and terpenes. The consensus that emerged from these studies is that cannabis can provide medical benefits for many different conditions. While most of these studies have focused on the help of the specific cannabinoid CBD, other major and minor cannabinoids, in conjunction with terpenes, show significant promise in treating both physical and mental ailments.

WV Patient Eligibility

West Virginia law requires all qualified patients to be registered with the State before purchasing medical marijuana products.
Requirements are as follows: 
  • A medical marijuana patient must be 18 years of age or older
  • Only patients who can prove West Virginia residency can apply for the medical cannabis program (personal driver’s license, Government ID)
  • West Virginia residents must also have medical records showing a diagnosis that qualifies for medical marijuana cards by a licensed doctor.

Qualifying Conditions in West Virginia

 These conditions for medical marijuana patients include: 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropathies (chronic nerve pain)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Any Terminal illness

Steps to Apply for a Medical Card

These are the steps to get a medical marijuana card in West Virginia with the help of Leafy DOC:

Skip the wait at the doctor’s office and schedule your evaluation from the comfort and convenience of your home. Submit an intake form with personal details and a summary of your medical history; then, we’ll help you book an on-demand telehealth appointment or schedule a convenient time for later.

An online recommendation with Leafy DOC starts at 99 USD for new patients and renewals in West Virginia. There is a money-back guarantee if you are not approved for West Virginia medical use.

Connect with the right licensed medical marijuana doctor in minutes and easily chat with your provider on a smartphone, computer, or tablet via phone call or video. Our licensed physicians will evaluate your qualifying condition, address your questions and concerns, and then provide a written recommendation for medical cannabis.

Once you have a recommendation from a West Virginia medical marijuana doctor, you must gain approval from the state before visiting a dispensary. Once approved, you can download a digital copy of your MMJ card from the state website. The approval process takes 30-60 days, and the card validates for one year. You can visit West Virginia dispensaries and purchase medicinal cannabis products.

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Can Leafy DOC help?

Absolutely! Not only can Leafy DOC provide a way to see a doctor via telehealth and obtain your medical card, but we also offer access to knowledgeable and helpful customer support and a personalized health coach that can guide you before and after the MMJ card process. Our mission at Leafy DOC is to provide a seamless customer experience, educate people about cannabis, and ultimately help people get medical cards quickly and efficiently.

Additional MMJ Card Fees in WV

The West Virginia state application fee for medical marijuana is 50.00 USD. This will be paid annually upon renewal. 

The Renewal Process

Log into your existing account:!/signin. 

Complete the application. When you get to the Physician/Condition Information tab, choose “Online – Electronic Certification.” The fee is fifty dollars for renewal with the state. 

How to Apply as a Caregiver

Medical cannabis patients in West Virginia can designate a caregiver. There are three types of caregivers:

  1. An individual designated by a patient.
  2. An individual designated by a parent or legal guardian of a minor, or
  3. The Bureau approves an individual upon proving that no parent or legal guardian is appropriate or available.

Caregivers must attend the initial consultation with the patient. There is also a caregiver form that must be filled out and notarized that is submitted with the patient’s application form. A patient can have two caregivers. Caregivers must be 21 years old and can not have been convicted of drug felonies within the past five years.

Where to Purchase Medical Marijuana in West Virginia

Once you’re registered for the West Virginia Medical Cannabis program and received your ID card, you may wonder what’s next. There are a few ways to receive legal medical marijuana in West Virginia as a qualified patient. Nine dispensaries, two processors, and six growers are operational across West Virginia. You can visit any of the nine dispensaries with a medical card or order online to purchase cannabis products. 

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

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