Your Guide to West Virginia Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
The only way to legally purchase and possess cannabis in West Virginia is by becoming a medical marijuana patient. Obtaining your card is a simple process that only requires a brief consultation with a qualified healthcare provider, an online application, and a registration fee. Once approved, you can enjoy expanded rights and protections as a registered patient.
Individuals with qualifying conditions rely on medical marijuana for effective symptom management of conditions that persist despite conventional treatments or develop as side effects of said treatments. Some of the qualifying medical conditions in WV include epilepsy, intractable pain/chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, and terminal illness.
West Virginia dispensaries sell high-quality adult-use cannabis products that contain THC and/or CBD and are manufactured according to rigorous safety standards. Once you obtain an MMJ card, enroll in the state’s medical cannabis program, and thereby become an official medical cannabis patient, you’ll have the ability to shop at medical cannabis dispensaries. West Virginia residents with state-licensed medical marijuana cards enjoy access to a broader array of medical cannabis products than those who can only purchase recreational cannabis.
This article covers where card holders can buy marijuana, what it's like to shop for cannabis, and tips for getting started with legal cannabis use through WV’s medical marijuana program. Familiarizing yourself with how West Virginia’s cannabis laws and how the state’s dispensaries operate will demystify the process so you (or your designated caregiver) can shop confidently.
Where Can You Buy West Virginia Medical Marijuana?
As of February 2023, West Virginia has 40 operational dispensaries selling products from six processors. Locations include:
- Barboursville Cannabis Company in Barboursville
- Cannabist in Beckley
- Trulieve in Belle
- Greenlight in Bluefield
- The Landing Dispensary in Bridgeport
- Country Grown Cannabis in Charles Town
- Kanacare in Charleston
- The Next Level Wellness in Clarksburg
- Greene Street in Cross Lanes
- The Landing Dispensary in Huntington
- Trulieve in Hurricane
The Office of Medical Cannabis has a complete list of dispensaries.
What’s it Like Buying Medical Marijuana in West Virginia?
West Virginia dispensaries create a welcoming atmosphere to maximize patient comfort during visits. The facilities resemble conventional stores, but the products are behind counters or display cases. You will be allowed into a showroom after checking-in and showing your medical card.
You can shop in person or order products online for in-store pickup. Dispensary workers are knowledgeable and believe in the value of medical marijuana. They work with you to find the correct products to meet your needs. Explaining the extent of your symptoms and how you want marijuana to help is crucial to successful symptom control.
Some of the types of products available at dispensaries to those with medical cannabis cards include dry leaf, edibles, tinctures, topicals, vaping products, dermal patches, and more.
Calling the dispensary before your visit to check the policies and confirm inventory will save you time. Locations only accept cash and debit cards. Most dispensaries have loyalty programs and run promotions. Shopping around can help you find which brands work best for you and get the best deals.
Patients are permitted to purchase up to a 30-day supply of cannabis. Six ounces of plant material or 60 grams of extract equal the 30-day allotment. The state logs and tracks sales to ensure you do not exceed the purchase limit.
Tips for Purchasing Medical Marijuana Products
No matter what your experience with cannabis is, it's important to remember the products at dispensaries are medical-grade and high-quality. Starting with the smallest dose and working your way up based on your response will ensure the best outcome and minimize the chance of an adverse reaction.
Dispensary workers are an excellent resource. Asking your questions about the products, consumption methods, dosing, and safety will help you effectively control your symptoms.
West Virginia dispensaries can sell flowers, vape cartridges, tinctures, concentrates, topicals, patches, and capsules. Generally, ingesting cannabis will have the slowest-acting but longest-lasting effects. Inhaling will deliver the fastest response, but it will go away faster.
You can only purchase the form and dose of marijuana the doctor stipulates on your certificate. The dispensary uses an electronic tracking system to verify your designated dosage and consumption method.
Products contain Sativa, Indica, or hybrid cannabis. Sativa causes a "head high," and Indica causes a "body high." Hybrids have varying levels of the two strains. The concentration dictates their effects.
Need Help Applying for a West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card?
If you have a serious medical condition that impacts your ability to function, medical marijuana may change your life. The Sanctuary can help determine if your diagnosis qualifies for the state registry. We will then advise you about the application process and assist you with the online form.
Our caring staff can answer all your questions and refer you to an authorized medical marijuana doctor who can issue your certificate. We will then work together to assemble the necessary documents so you can submit the strongest possible application.