What happens next
The bill comes up for third reading in the House, where it will be approved or scuttled. If it passes the House, it will be sent back to the Senate for reapproval because the House modified the bill from what was approved by the Senate.
If the Senate disagrees with the amendments, the two bodies will conference to try to come to an agreement. If they cannot, the bill dies.
However, if the House changes are approved by the Senate, or the two come to an agreement, the bill would then go to Gov. Jim Justice for his signature or a veto.
CHARLESTON — After several hours of debate over two amendments, the West Virginia House approved a more restrictive change to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana and advanced the bill to a third reading today.
Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, described his amendment as “putting a toe in the water” instead of “plunging in head first,” characterizing the original Senate bill as the “wild, wild west.” He said this amendment was modeled after the Pennsylvania statute.
Under Shott’s amendment, which won approval, the Bureau for Public Health would operate the program. It would have an advisory board that would give guidance on how the program is administered. The bureau would certify a patient to be treated for one of the illnesses under the legislation along with the dosage of medication and the delivery for medication.
Those who supported Shott’s amendment said it is a more cautious approach that would not open access to marijuana to teens and would regulate it in such a way that there would be more quality control with less room for contaminated products.
Opponents to Shott’s amendment said it was cost prohibitive to people who could benefit from