West Virginia Medical Cannabis License Solutions

The Cannabis License Experts (or CLE) experienced team will help you to get your West Virginia medical cannabis license faster and with an unmatched success rate. Having to repeat your West Virginia marijuana medical Cannabis License application process will set your business back by months and significantly impact your earnings potential. Let us show you how we’ll help you on your path to a West Virginia medical Cannabis License and much more by booking your free consultation today.

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State Market Overview

The overall relatively rural area and low population, West Virginia medical cannabis is one of the best kept secrets on the East Coast with a medical program overseen by State Departments which intends to expand in 2022 and beyond. With 39 initial applicants for the grower licenses and up to 10 processors and 100 dispensaries to be licensed, the potential remains high for new operators entering the state. While West Virginia’s medical cannabis program was initially fairly restrictive, originally not allowing for certain product types through multiple amendments to The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act the program has seen improvements to both allowable forms of cannabis as well as approved conditions for patients to be registered as a medical cardholder within the state.

The program delays were in part due to banking issues with concerns around who will provide medical cannabis facility holders with banking services. Adding to the confusion, Southern District Attorney Mike Stuart intimated potential West Virginia medical cannabis licensees by stating that he will prosecute any business that becomes licensed and operational in the state.

Book a free consultation today to learn more about how Cannabis License Experts can assist you and your team on your path to a West Virginia marijuana medical Cannabis License and much more.

Licensing Requirements, Timelines, and Selection Processes

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, SB 386 was passed in April of 2017 and the first application period for West Virginia medical cannabis facility licensing closed in February of 2020. These delays have directly impacted the program’s progress in the state roll out of legal cannabis sales with the first dispensary opening in November of 2021 and only three (3) of the ten (10) grower permits being operational currently. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis discontinued accepting applications for growers, processors, dispensaries, and laboratories on February 18, 2020.

Additionally, in February 2022, the West Virginia House approved a bill to limit the medical marijuana testing licensees to two (2) total.
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Canna License Experts, and their team were retained by our company to help us along the way with a retail canna license. Brian Wolf along with Kalpna Mistry and their team of experts were there the entire way through the process. Thanks again to Brian and Kalpna for all you support from our family at YIELD Cannab Co.

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Brian and Kalpna at Cannabis License Experts were very pleasant, informative, and knowledgeable regarding licensing. They helped us fill out all the forms needed and guided us through the entire process. I am sure that without their guidance our application would still be in process, or have been dismissed because of some missing information.

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Financial Requirements

Common for most jurisdictions as a mandatory component of the West Virginia medical cannabis application is the requirement for a minimum amount of liquid cash on hand. This ensures that applicants have the financial wherewithal from the West Virginia medical cannabis licensing process through to the initial 2-5 years of operation. Applicants will pay $2,500 per West Virginia medical cannabis dispensary application and $5,000 per grower or processor application. Registration fees are $10,000 for each dispensary location and $50,000 for grower and processors.

West Virginia Cannabis License Types

The act states that the following entities will be authorized to receive a permit to operate as a medical cannabis organization to grow, process or dispense medical cannabis:
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Total # of Licenses ~120 *not all licenses are issued and/or operational at this time
West Virginia Cannabis Growers10
West Virginia Cannabis Processors10
West Virginia Cannabis Dispensaries100
Basic Demographic Information
Resources include the US Census Bureau, City-Data.com, and any additional relevant resources.
Total # of Counties55
Total # of Cities232 cities, towns, and villages, and 309 special districts.
Population in 201946,536

City of Burlington

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Median Home Price
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Business Climate

With a slow start, the state continues to embrace the formal legalization of cannabis for medical use. With few notable exceptions, licensing of all cannabis operations continues to be moving at a reasonable pace.

West Virginia's cost of doing business is among the lowest in the country with a 12% lower cost of living than the US average. The economy accelerated over the last 24 months with a growth rate of 5.1%, ranking third among the fastest growing states in the country.

Real Estate & Zoning

Consideration for regional and local zoning with regard to allowed proximity to certain business types, schools, and other prohibited areas. The bureau will consider Regional population and the number of patients suffering from serious medical conditions as well as any other factor the bureau deems relevant for location selection by applicants. Counties may ban West Virginia medical cannabis businesses entirely or may limit their locations within the county.
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When you partner with CLE, you are able to leverage our proven knowledge and best industry resources to provide you a complete Cannabis Business Solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cannabis cultivation is the process of growing cannabis within a regulated environment for the consumption via a medical or adult-use cannabis program. Generally cultivation refers to the agricultural activities associated with the propagation and growing of cannabis. Cannabis processing is when you manufacture finished cannabis products, packaging of dried flowers or manufacture and package cannabis-based products (i.e. extracts, edibles, and topicals). To be able to produce cannabis and cannabis derived products commercially a specific license is required, requirements depend on the state in which you are locating this business.

The fees for a cannabis cultivation license vary greatly depending on the state in which the facility is to be located. Also facility build out costs vary greatly depending on the type of cannabis cultivation facility (indoor, mixed-light green house, outdoor). Depending on the facility type a cultivation facility can range from 2 million to 20 million dollars. 

During West Virginia’s original and only round for medical cannabis business licenses the state issued 100 medical dispensary licenses. Additionally the state issued 10 medical cannabis cultivation licenses and 10 medical cannabis processor licenses.

The state’s medical program didn’t allow for edibles at first, in 2021 legislation was passed allowing for the restricted sale of cannabis infused edibles through licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. 

Don't Know Where To Begin? Get Started Now

Applying for a Cannabis Medical License in West Virginia and unsure where to start?
West Virginia is not currently accepting applications for medical cannabis facility licenses. However it is possible that this process reopens as the program continues to grow. Now is the time to get ahead of the process by defining your business, CLE can develop a preliminary business and feasibility plan to help give an understanding of business viability within the local climate and give a head start in this process.
In order to get started, reach out to one of our regulatory experts today to learn more about Cannabis Business Solutions.
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