Since April 2017 when Gov. Jim Justice signed West Virginia’s initial medical cannabis legislation, concerns surrounding the eventual formation of the industry have grown increasingly prominent. For one local hemp farmer, those very fears have become harsh reality.
“I can’t tell you how many people have called me wanting a job here, hoping that we got that license—Now some out of state corporation got it,” said Mike Weaver, who runs Redbud Hill Naturals hemp farm in Pendleton County.
Weaver said his primary aim when preparing and applying for licensing to produce medical cannabis was to create jobs for the local economy and to help prevent West Virginians being forced to leave their home state to find a decent job.
However, after years of preparation, hundreds of thousands spent on application fees and several months waiting for a response, Weaver learned recently that two of his three license applications were denied, and most—if not all—licenses will be issued to…