Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in West Virginia?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in West Virginia can have a caregiver. Caregivers must submit an application after the patient is approved.


Caregiver Requirements:

  • Minimum 21 years old

    • Certain circumstances may allow for someone under 21 years old to be a caregiver. The patient and caregiver will need to contact the program.

  • A background check is required.

  • Caregivers may serve up to five (5) patients. Patients may have up to two (2) caregivers.
  • $50 nonrefundable fee. The bureau may waive or reduce the fee in cases of demonstrated financial hardship.

Here's how to apply as a caregiver:

  1. Complete the Patient Authorization for Designation of Caregiver form. The form must be notarized.

  2. Complete the Criminal Background Check Rights Acknowledgement form.

  3. The caregiver or parent/guardian will apply after the patient has received his/her approval from OMC.
  4. You will need to create an account with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Portal by entering your email address and creating a password for the account. If you have an existing account, sign in and skip to step 7.
  5. Enter your registration information.
  6. Once you have entered the registration information and submitted, you will receive an email from Complia with a link to verify your account. When you click on the link, you will be automatically directed back to the website.
    1. To request another verification email, please visit!/resendVerifyAccountEmail.
  7. Once your account is verified, sign in to your account to start the application.
  8. Click on +Create New Application.
  9. Click on New Caregiver Registration and then click Create Application.
  10. Provide the requested information.
  11. Caregivers are required to submit a $50.00 processing fee for the application unless requesting a waiver based on financial hardship.
  12. You will need to upload a copy of the Patient Authorization for Designation of Caregiver and the Criminal Background Check Rights Acknowledgement forms as part of the application
  13. You will also be required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background check through IdentoGo.

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