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Although the start of West Virginia's medical marijuana program is still more than two years away, preparations for its rollout have already begun.

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Although the start of West Virginia's medical marijuana program is still more than two years away, preparations for its rollout have already begun.

Although the start of West Virginia's medical marijuana program is still more than two years away, preparations for its rollout have already begun.

According to the law signed by Gov. Jim Justice -- Senate Bill 386, which authorizes doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients and establishes a system to oversee the program -- patients will not be able to begin legally purchasing marijuana until July 2019.

Until then, state officials are tasked with taking the steps necessary to comply with SB 386's stipulations.

The language of the bill states that patients diagnosed with certain conditions can apply for an identification card with permission from their doctor.

Conditions include terminal illnesses, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS, PTSD, epilepsy, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.

After receiving permission from their doctor, patients will be required to pay a $50 fee to receive ID cards, although this fee may be waived for some patients, depending on their financial situation.

The law does not allow patients to grow their own plants or smoke marijuana.

Only licensed dispensaries will be permitted to sell marijuana, and their sales will be restricted to pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquids, dermal patches or non-whole plant forms.

The bill also establishes the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board to regulate the program under the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health.

The bill says the board's members will include four physicians appointed by the state West Virginia State Medical Association, a pharmacist appointed by the Board of Pharmacy, a horticulturist appointed by the agriculture commissioner, a counselor appointed by the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Counselors and an attorney appointed by the Prosecuting Attorney's Institute, the commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and the superintendent of the State Police.

A pharmacologist, an attorney and a person who is a patient will be appointed by the governor.

The responsibilities of the board will include issuing licenses to businesses that wish to grow, process or sell medical marijuana, overseeing the development of regulations for the program and certifying doctors to prescribe cannabis.

So far, only one person, Joe Hatton, deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, has officially been appointed to the board.

Crescent Gallagher, a spokesman with the Department of Agriculture, said Hatton was chosen because of his experience and qualifications.

"Joseph Hatton has over 25 years of experience assisting farmers in the soil and water conservation field," he said. "Hatton also has assisted with policy development at the state and national level for the Farm Bureau.

"Hatton earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural resource management and a Master of Science in agricultural economics from West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. He also possesses technical certifications from the American Society of Agronomy and the American Forage and Grassland Council, providing him with science-based insights concerning the many issues facing West Virginia's agriculture industry."

Once the other members of the board are appointed, they will need to begin building working relationships with one another and come to an agreement on organizational details, Gallagher said.

"The board needs to meet and first understand each other and the expertise in the room," he said. "This is such a complex issue, I would imagine the board may break up into subcommittees to deal with all the issues."

There are many questions the board will have to answer once all of its members are appointed, Gallagher said.

"First, they need to know who is going to own the medical marijuana we grow in the state," he said. "Is the crop going to be owned by a corporation? The farmer? The state? Second, they have to come up with rules and regulations that are not burdensome on farmers."

Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and state health officer, said his office is in the "preliminary stage" of developing an implementation plan for the program.

The plan will include "a legal determination of what rules will be necessary to fully implement the act," Gupta said.

"The bureau will be preparing to issue formal rules in a sequential manner to implement the act," he said. "Those rules will begin with requirements for growers and processors so that those entities can come online and begin to produce products, then detailing requirements for dispensaries and physicians, followed closely by requirements for the registration of caregivers and patients."

Other issues which the bureau will have to consider prior to the start of the program include determining how medical marijuana will be shipped, stored, priced and used in laboratory research, Gupta said.

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SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)



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drugwar propaganda 75%
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Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
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explicit propaganda 70%
[news] [concept]

"spokesman"1SourceWatch: War on Drugs
dare.procon.org
Write What You're Told
Anti-Drug PSAs From the 80s and 90s
Lippmann, Walter; Public Opinion (1921)
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"determination" "cancer" "disease"4Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
drugwarfacts.org/crime.htm
drugwarfacts.org/causes.htm
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
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The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
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"Teen" "YOUTH"2Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5)
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Think of the children
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illegal drugs
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[news] [concept]
various drugs  
 psychoactive chemical

chemicals 50%
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alcohol erowid.org/chemicals/chemicals.s...
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alcohol  
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drugwarfacts.org/medicalm.htm
mapinc.org/mmj.htm
mapinc.org/find?253
Cannabis Treats Anxiety, Depression And Activates Pathways That Regulate Emotional Behavior (2014)
The Flower (video cartoon)
 alcohol 50%
[news] [concept]
"Alcoholism"1Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
drugwarfacts.org/alcohol.htm
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
cannabis : cannabis (marijuana) product or usecannabis
[news] [concept]
"marijuana" "Cannabis" medical cannabis12Cannabis: Religious and Spiritual Uses
Cannabis-Driving Studies
MAPInc.org Cannabis Link DB
medicalmarijuanaprocon.org
cannabisculture.com
Schaffer Library: Marijuana
drugwarfacts.org/marijuan.htm
mapinc.org/pot.htm
U.S. Prisons Thriving on Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests (2013)
 various drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
"Drug"1 
 youth 70%
[news] [concept]
propaganda theme5 ssdp.org/
mapinc.org/youth.htm
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"College" "University"2ssdp.org/
 aggrandizing government

aggrandizement
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"officials" "officially" "expertise" "authorizes"4Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
lewrockwell.com/2014/07/thomas-d...
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)

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