West Virginia Governor Vetoes Medical Cannabis Vertical Integration Bill, But Fix May Appear on Special Session Call

MORGANTOWN — Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a bill aimed at paving the way for medical cannabis businesses to set up in West Virginia.

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The bill’s lead sponsor is disappointed and sees the veto as a setback for the program set to launch July 1.

But a fix may be in the works for the special session set to resume in May.

The bill is HB 2079. Its chief goal was to allow vertical integration of medical cannabis businesses. Current law prohibits cannabis growers or processors from operating dispensaries. The bill would have allowed one company to operate all three.