Updated on December 15, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
You must be diagnosed with an illness on the WV medical marijuana 2021 list of conditions to be eligible for medical marijuana in West Virginia. So, to get medical cannabis in WV you must first meet with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors who can diagnose and certify you for cannabis treatment. Once you’ve been certified, you can then apply for the WV medical marijuana card.
It’s important to note that medical marijuana doctors in WV can only recommend medicinal cannabis to patients that suffer from a qualifying condition that is determined by the state DOH.
This page mentions the WV medical marijuana 2021 list of conditions and other eligibility requirements for medical marijuana in West Virginia. If you meet all the criteria mentioned, schedule an online appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in WV near you and apply for your medical card.
WV medical card eligibility – Do I Qualify?
Being diagnosed with an illness on the WV medical marijuana 2021 list of conditions is just one requirement for a medical card in West Virginia. Other eligibility requirements for a medical card in WV include:
- You must be a resident of West Virginia.
- You must be at least 18 years old to apply as an adult patient.
- Qualifying patients under 18 years old may qualify if their parent or legal guardian registers on their behalf. Additionally, the parent or legal guardian must register as a caregiver.
- You must be suffering from at least one of the 15 qualifying medical conditions for West Virginia medical marijuana and have a Patient Certification to back it up.
To get medical marijuana in West Virginia, a medical marijuana doctor in the state must certify that you are suffering from one of the following conditions below.
The WV Medical Marijuana 2021 List Of Conditions includes:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Positive status for HIV/AIDS
Sickle cell anemia
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.
- Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain.
- Terminal illness; defined as a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course.
Does chronic pain qualify for medical marijuana in West Virginia?
Yes, chronic or intractable pain is on the WV medical marijuana 2021 list of conditions. The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act classifies severe, chronic, or intractable pain, including pain of neuropathic origin, as a ‘serious medical condition.’
Will minor patients diagnosed with a serious medical condition be eligible to receive medical cannabis?
Yes. Underage patients (below 18 years old) diagnosed with an illness on the WV medical marijuana 2021 list of conditions may qualify for medicinal cannabis. But, they must have a caregiver apply on their behalf. That could be their parent, legal guardian, an individual designated by their parent or legal guardian, or someone approved by the Bureau.
I Meet the WV medical card eligibility requirements – What’s next?
Once you confirm that you meet all the WV medical card requirements, here is how you go about applying for the West Virginia medical marijuana card:
- First, book an appointment with a WV medical marijuana doctor.
- After your online appointment, your cannabis doctor will issue a Patient Certification form if you qualify for medicinal marijuana.
- After approval, register as a patient on the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Portal.
- Once the registration is complete, and the account is verified, create an Application for a New Patient Registration.
- Next, upload the required documents and fill out all the required information.
- Afterward, submit your WV medical card application.
- Finally, mail your payment as a check or money order to the WV Office of medical cannabis.
Get more details on how to apply for the WV medical marijuana card online.
Which documents are required for the medical marijuana application?
When applying for the WV medical marijuana card you must upload the following documents to have a complete application:
- Photo ID. For instance:
- West Virginia driver’s license
- Proof of WV residency. For example:
- WV utility bills not more than 60 days old from the application date
- Tax records with a WV street address
- West Virginia mortgage documents, homeowner insurance for a WV residence, or proof of West Virginia home ownership
- West Virginia Voter’s registration card
- Digital photo of passport quality.
- A patient certification form from an approved WV medical marijuana doctor.
- Proof of income or eligibility for benefits at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. (If requesting a financial hardship waiver of the required fee)
Once the application is complete and submitted, patients must mail the $50 payment via check or money order to:
WV Office of Medical Cannabis Address:
350 Capitol Street, Room 523, Charleston, WV 25301.
The Application ID number and patient name must be in the memo line of the check or money order.
Contact the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis
Bureau for Public Health
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Learn more about the West Virginia Medical Marijuana Program (WV MMP)