Advisory Opinion Paves Way for Medical Marijuana | News, Sports, Jobs

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released an advisory opinion Friday, offering the state guidance on how to proceed with implementing its Medical Cannabis Act. The opinion was requested by state Treasurer John Perdue and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay.

“We conclude that, notwithstanding West Virginia’s law, marijuana’s federal status as a controlled substance makes it very difficult for medical marijuana businesses to operate in a way consistent with current federal law, and that by extension financial institutions providing services to these entities may be at risk of federal civil or criminal liability,” the opinion states. “Nevertheless, we are more at