After years of delay, West Virginia took a big step earlier this month by selecting the first growers for its medical cannabis program, but state-based companies largely were left out in favor of out-of-state firms including a political donor.
The Office of Medical Cannabis within the Department of Health and Human Resources announced Oct. 2 the selection of 10 applicants for medical cannabis grower permits. The medical cannabis program was capped by the West Virginia Legislature at 10 grower permits, 10 processor permits, and up to 100 dispensaries.
While a person or a business can hold permits for all three permitting processes, no person/business can have more than 10 dispensary permits.
Of the 10 companies selected, only two appear to be exclusively West Virginia-based firms, according to a search of business filings in the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
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