West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs medical marijuana bill

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice smiles Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after signing the medical marijuana bill into law. (West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice website)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed the medical marijuana bill Wednesday into law.

Under the law, medical marijuana will be available by prescription for patients who are terminally ill or who have seizures, cancer, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, AIDS and other specified conditions.

The bill doesn’t authorize smoking or patients growing their own plants.

"We've got a monumental day," Justice said just prior to signing the bill. "We've got a day exemplifying really just the compassion West Virginians have for their fellow man."

The governor lauded the courage of lawmakers for passing the bill.

"With great pleasure, I'm going to sign this into law, and I think all of us will feel good we are doing something good for a family out there," Justice said.

Below is a player that shows a ceremony the governor had when he signed the bill.

Patient identification cards could be issued starting July 1, 2019. The state Bureau of Public Health will oversee implementation of the law.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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