W.Va. Lawmakers Attempt To Expand Medical Cannabis Law

Feb 19, 2020

On this West Virginia Morning, an update on the state’s medical cannabis law. We also hear the latest news from the state Capitol, and we hear a report from StateImpact Pennsylvania on landfill pollution.

Authorities at the West Virginia State Capitol had to enforce a no weapons law inside the building on Monday. Caitlin Tan has more.

West Virginia may soon require the speedy testing and collection of rape kits under a bill heading to the governor’s office to be signed into law. Brittany Patterson has more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said it has fined a Westmoreland County landfill that had been passing pollution from oil and gas drilling waste into a local sewage treatment plant along the Monongahela River.

For StateImpact Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier reports the landfill has agreed to look for a permanent solution for its wastewater.

Living with a parent with substance use disorder can be really hard on kids. Recently, an expert on the effects of parental addiction was in southeastern Ohio to help those who work with children understand the stresses they go through. Corey Knollinger reports.

Lawmakers took a major step in 2017 toward legalizing cannabis use in West Virginia when they passed a bill that created a medical program. But nearly three years later, the program still isn’t operational, and many say it’s still more than a year away from launching.

This session, lawmakers continue to offer some major tweaks to the as-of-yet-launched program. Those proposals – which are included in multiple bills – could change which forms would be considered medically acceptable. Dave Mistich has more.

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