West Virginia Senate leaders introduce medical marijuana bill in 2016, but legislature fails to take action


Last update: July 13, 2016


The West Virginia Legislature has failed to act on medical marijuana bills in recent years, but the obstructions clearly haven’t come from leaders of the state Senate. In February 2016, an effective medical marijuana bill, SB 640, was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall), with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) and three other senators as co-sponsors. This sensible, compassionate bill would have provided relief to patients with a variety of serious, debilitating conditions, but the legislature adjourned in March without taking action on the proposal.

The two major party candidates for governor, Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole, have not publicly taken positions on marijuana policy. If you are supportive and are a medical professional, a seriously ill patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, a law enforcement official, a clergy member, or a member of the legal community, or you know someone else that is, please email [email protected] to see how you can be of special help. Please be sure to include your address or nine-digit ZIP code so we can help you identify your elected officials.

Stay connected


To stay updated on the status of marijuana policy reform in West Virginia, be sure to subscribe to MPP’s free legislative alert service.

Pending Legislation