Local lawmaker travels with group to Colorado to better learn marijuana industry – WTOV Steubenville

Delegate Shawn Fluharty says lawmakers are working hard to research how the industry should be properly operated.

WHEELING, W.Va. — 

Medical marijuana will soon be available in the Ohio Valley.

It won’t be available in the Mountain State until 2019, but legislation was recently passed.

Delegate Shawn Fluharty says lawmakers are working hard to research how the industry should be properly operated.

He was one of around two dozen lawmakers and business leaders from the travel and tourism industry to go to Colorado to get a first-hand look at the marijuana industry.

“We wanted to learn more about the medical cannabis industry, because we just passed legislation this past session, and we want to make sure we do it the right way, and what better way to learn than meeting with officials from Colorado,” Fluharty said.

“They have the lowest unemployment in the country, and they employ 16,000 people in that industry alone, from seed to sale, everything is tracked through the data source of the state.”

West Virginia’s approval of medicinal marijuana is in the non-leaf form, and will be a reality no sooner than July 2019. Fluharty thinks lawmakers should also consider the recreational use of marijuana.

“When you have an industry that could come in and employ 16,000 and bring in roughly $3.1 billion in economic activity, I think we have a duty to learn from it and see if it would work here,” Fluharty said.

Fluharty also thinks it could have an effect on the huge opioid problem, decreasing it by about 26 percent.

“I would rather see someone go to the doctor for a cannabis prescription, rather than get prescription pills then they turn to heroin, which is what’s happening now

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