A registered patient with an expiring medical marijuana card in West Virginia must schedule an appointment with a licensed physician to get their annual physician's certification. Once the physician's certification is secured, the patient can then create, complete and submit a patient renewal application online on the registration portal of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC). The patient's registered physician will submit a copy of the completed patient certification form directly to the OMC.
If, after applying for a patient card renewal, the OMC finds that the application requires a correction, it will be declined and returned to the patient for amendment and submission. The patient would not need to start a fresh application. It may take between 30 to 60 days for the OMC to review an application and subsequently notify patients about the status of their applications. Hence, cannabis patients in West Virginia are advised to initiate a patient card renewal application at least 60 days before their current card expires. The Patient User Guide for Submitting a Renewal Application provides patients with instructions on how to renew an expired medical marijuana card in West Virginia.
Yes. Currently, the only way to renew a West Virginia medical marijuana card is online on the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Portal. After evaluation by a registered physician, the physician will issue the patient an annual physician's certification confirming their medical condition still requires medical marijuana treatment. Thereafter, the patient should sign in to their existing account on the Medical Cannabis Portal to initiate, complete, and submit a patient renewal request. While filling out the renewal form online, the patient must provide the following details:
After filling out the form and submitting it online, the Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) will review the patient's application within 30 to 60 days and issue a medical marijuana card once approved.
Medical marijuana cardholders in West Virginia must renew their cards annually, as they are only valid for one year after issuance.
Yes, seeing a West Virginia-registered doctor in person or via telehealth is a required step when renewing an expired West Virginia medical marijuana card. During the appointment, the physician will assess the patient to determine their eligibility for medical marijuana for another year. If the patient qualifies, the physician will issue a patient certification to enable them to proceed with the renewal process. A physician must have completed a four-hour mandatory course established by the Bureau for Public Health (BPH) to be eligible to certify patients for medical cannabis in West Virginia.
The West Virginia medical marijuana card renewal fee is $50 and must be mailed to the OMC at:
Office of Medical Cannabis
350 Capitol Street, Room 523
Charleston, WV 25301
A West Virginia medical marijuana card renewal applicant may incur other expenses during their visit to a registered physician. Applicants whose income is below 200% of the FPL (federal poverty level) may request a fee waiver, especially if they face financial hardship. However, they must demonstrate the need for a fee waiver by providing acceptable proof of income, such as recent pay stubs and W-2. If the fee waiver request is denied, patients would have no option but to pay the $50 renewal fee.
Medical marijuana card renewal application in West Virginia is submitted online via the Commonwealth's Medical Cannabis Portal. The OMC does not accept mail or in-person submissions for medical marijuana card renewal applications at its Charleston office.
West Virginia does not extend medical marijuana reciprocity to patients carrying medical cannabis cards issued by other states. As a result, medical marijuana cards from other states are not recognized by licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in West Virginia. However, the Commonwealth permits cancer patients from other states with comparable cannabis programs to enroll in its medical marijuana program and apply for a West Virginia medical marijuana card.