HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 116
(By Delegates Perdue, Perry, Eldridge, Diserio, Ferns, Fleischauer, Marshall, Moore, Poore, Staggers and Pasdon)
[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported April 2, 2013.]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to authorize a study on medicinal marijuana.
Whereas, Modern medical research has discovered a beneficial use for medicinal marijuana in treating and alleviating the pain and other symptoms associated with certain debilitating medical conditions and injuries that often fail to respond to conventional treatments; and
Whereas, Medicinal marijuana has a beneficial use for the relief of nausea, vomiting and other side effects of drugs increasing the chances of patients continuing on life-saving treatment regimens; and
Whereas, Reports have shown the therapeutic value of medicinal marijuana in treating a wide array of debilitating medical conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), Crohn's disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction to opiates or amphetamines, chronic and debilitating diseases or medical conditions or the treatments that produce one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures and severe and persistent muscle spasms; and
Whereas, The Legislature is committed to evaluating the use of appropriate pain therapy techniques as those develop within various regulated clinical environments and applying those methodologies in this state to provide appropriate and cost-effective pain therapy for the citizens of this state thus reducing the likelihood of addition and abuse; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to authorize a study on medicinal marijuana; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.