WV Gubernatorial Candidates Address Marijuana Reform

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In a debate televised by WV Public Media on April 18, 2016, Democratic candidates for governor were asked their views on legalizing marijuana.

State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler is in favor of taking steps to decriminalize certain marijuana-related offenses. He also supports legalizing medical marijuana for people with serious medical conditions, such as cancer and MS.

I think we need to decriminalize some of the [. . .] particularly marijuana offenses. There are way too many people that have got a criminal record that can no longer work. — Kessler

Kessler also pointed out the challenge of getting any marijuana reform through the current legislature, citing the difficulty of passing the “brunch bill,” which allows for sale of alcohol before 1 PM on Sunday.

One of Kessler’s opponents, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, is more cautious in his views on cannabis. Goodwin fears that legalizing marijuana, even for medical use, could add to WV’s already overwhelming drug addiction problems. 

People don’t understand that the marijuana of today has 10 times the THC content of the marijuana of the late ’60s, early ’70s,” Goodwin said, “but here is the problem I have ultimately is, every time we have arrested a druggy, they have said they went through marijuana. –Goodwin

The third candidate, Jim Justice, declined multiple invitations to participate in last night’s debate.


Colorado Lawsuit Over Pesticide-Contaminated Cannabis Dismissed

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A Colorado lawsuit related to pesticide contamination of marijuana was dismissed on a technicality. At issue was cannabis that was treated with a pesticide which contains the active ingredient myclobutanil. This petroleum derivative can emit hydrogen cyanide gas when the marijuana is burned. 

The LivWell suit was dismissed because of a “legal technicality:” plaintiffs lacked standing to proceed in the absence of a legally cognizable injury in fact. However, in so ruling, the court may very well have unwittingly supplied a roadmap for future lawsuits. The court’s explicit statement that plaintiffs made no allegations of physical injury suggests that such an allegation would have been sufficient to satisfy the “actual injury” requirement and would have allowed plaintiffs to proceed with their lawsuit. Thus, future plaintiffs can cure this defect merely by pleading actual injury.

CompassionWV is committed to legal patient access to safe, clean medical cannabis.


States Consider Limits on Cannabis Content

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In states such as Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, where cannabis is legal for recreational use, efforts are being made to curb the amount of THC in concentrates and edibles. Lawmakers say these changes are out of concern for public safety due to the rise in the number of children being seen in the ER for accidentally consuming edibles that look like ordinary candy. Marijuana advocates see the potential changes as an attempt to make cannabis illegal again.


South Central Regional Jail Launches Inpatient Treatment Center

Overcrowding is a major challenge in WV’s state prison system. This causes inmates to be housed for longer and longer periods of time in the state’s regional jail system awaiting transfer to a state prison. The Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County, WV recently opened an inpatient drug treatment center to allow inmates waiting to transfer out to the state prison system an option for drug rehabilitation.

West Virginia launches first inpatient treatment program in a regional jail

PA Pushes Legalized States Closer to Tipping Point

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Pennsylvania just became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis. Even though it may be as long as 2 years before the regulations are written and medication becomes available to patients, the law allows a “safe harbor” provision for families who obtain cannabis oils for their children with severe seizure disorders to get the oils from out-of-state without fear of prosecution. With Ohio and several other states on a fast-track to get ballot measures approved in time for the general election in November, it should not be long before more than half of the states in the U.S. have legalized medical cannabis.

What happens when we reach the tipping point of 26 states or more? Will the federal government be forced to finally take action?


Mary Nichols: Our Founding Patient

In 2008, Mary Nichols was working to change her life. Through diet and exercise, she lost nearly 70 pounds and was fit enough to walk 3 miles every day.

The problem was that Mary was also in severe pain. She spent most nights awake in the recliner playing games online as a distraction from the severe nerve pain that made it impossible to lie down and sleep.

Mary went through all of the protocols for conservative treatment for low back pain.

An MRI showed nothing that really explained the severe, searing pain Mary experienced on a daily basis. Just a few bulging disks. Nothing to worry about. But the pain didn’t go away.

Eventually, doctors at a local pain clinic in Charleston, WV convinced Mary that a spinal cord neuro-stimulator was the only option that was left. 



An MRI showed nothing that really explained the severe, searing pain Mary experienced on a daily basis. Just a few bulging disks. Nothing to worry about. But the pain didn’t go away.

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