CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A number of thousand state residents within the state’s medical marijuana program have signed up for bonus time the state made accessible on the brand new medical marijuana playing cards.
The state Division of Well being and Human Assets instructed MetroNews 2,305 residents took the state up on its supply to sign-up by June 30 to get a two-year extension on the unique one-year card. .
State Well being Dr. Ayne Amjad introduced the supply in Could in hopes of serving to dispensaries decide the extent of curiosity in this system.
“We wish individuals to register early so our dispensaries can get an thought of what number of sufferers in West Virginia are desirous to have medical hashish accessible,” Amjad beforehand saod.
She stated previous uncertainty of when this system was going to start additionally probably has held down registration numbers as a result of residents knew their playing cards would solely final a yr.
“We all know sufferers possibly weren’t doing that (signing up) as a result of they weren’t certain. We predict providing these incentives will make sufferers extra snug that they received’t must spend extra money going again to the physician (to be licensed),” Amjad stated.
So 2,305 residents will now have their playing cards for 3 years. The state has two extra deadlines:
Those that register by Sept. 30 will get a complete of two years on the cardboard (1 yr authentic + 1 yr extension).
Those that register after Oct. 1 will obtain a card good for one only one yr.
A health care provider should approve an individual’s participation in this system. Eligible state residents can register for a card at www.medcanwv.org. The $50 card payment is waived for low-income residents.
Medical marijuana remedies may very well be accessible by the tip of this yr.