(a) The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board is established within the bureau. The advisory board shall consist of the following members:
(1) The commissioner or a designee.
(2) The Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police or a designee.
(3) Four physicians licensed to practice in the state to be appointed by the State Medical Association with one from each of the following specialized medicine:
(A) Family Practice/Neurologist/General Practitioner.
(B) Pain Management.
(C) Oncologist/Palliative Care.
(4) Two physicians who are licensed pursuant to §30-14-1 et seq. of this code appointed by the West Virginia Osteopathic Association.
(5) One pharmacist licensed to practice in the state, to be designated by the Board of Pharmacy.
(6) One pharmacologist who has experience in the science of cannabis and a knowledge of the uses, effects, and modes of actions of drugs, to be appointed by the Governor.
(7) One member who is a horticulturalist, to be designated by the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture.
(8) One member designated by the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Counselors.
(9) An attorney licensed in the state who is knowledgeable about medical cannabis laws.
(10) One member appointed by the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.
(11) One member appointed by the Governor, who shall be a patient, a family or household member of a patient, or a patient advocate.
(b) Terms. — Except as provided under subsection (g) of this section, the members shall serve a term of four years or until a successor has been appointed and qualified, but no longer than six months beyond the four-year period.
(c) Chair. — The commissioner, or a designee, shall serve as chair of the advisory board.
(d) Voting; quorum. — A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of organizing the advisory board, conducting its business, and fulfilling its duties. A vote of the majority of the members present shall be sufficient for all actions of the advisory board unless the bylaws require a greater number.
(e) Attendance. — A member of the advisory board who fails to attend three consecutive meetings shall be deemed vacant, unless the commissioner, upon written request from the member, finds that the member should be excused from a meeting for good cause. A member who cannot be physically present may attend meetings via electronic means, including video conference.
(f) Governance. — The advisory board shall have the power to prescribe, amend, and repeal bylaws governing the manner in which the business of the advisory board is conducted and the manner in which the duties granted to it are fulfilled. The advisory board may delegate supervision of the administration of advisory board activities to an administrative commissioner and other employees of the bureau as the commissioner shall appoint.
(g) Initial terms. — The initial terms of members appointed under subsection (a) of this section shall be for terms of one, two, three, or four years, the particular term of each member to be designated by the commissioner at the time of appointment. All other members shall serve for a term of four years.
(h) Vacancy. — In the event that any member appointed under subsection (a) of this section shall die or resign, or otherwise become disqualified during the member’s term of office, a successor shall be appointed in the same way and with the same qualifications as set forth in this section and shall hold office for the unexpired term. An appointed member of the advisory board shall be eligible for reappointment.
(i) Expenses. — A member shall receive the amount of reasonable travel, hotel, and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of the member in accordance with state rules but shall receive no other compensation for the member’s service on the board.
(j) Duties. — The advisory board shall have the following duties:
(1) To examine and analyze the statutory and regulatory law relating to medical cannabis within this state.
(2) To examine and analyze the law and events in other states and the nation with respect to medical cannabis.
(3) To accept and review written comments from individuals and organizations about medical cannabis.
(4) To issue, two years after the effective date of this section, a written report to the Governor, the Senate, and the House of Delegates.
(5) The written report under subdivision (4) of this subsection shall include recommendations and findings as to the following:
(A) Whether to change the types of medical professionals who can issue certifications to patients.
(B) Whether to change, add, or reduce the types of medical conditions which qualify as serious medical conditions under this act.
(C) Whether to change the form of medical cannabis permitted under this act.
(D) Whether to change, add, or reduce the number of growers, processors, or dispensaries.
(E) How to ensure affordable patient access to medical cannabis.
(F) Whether to permit medical cannabis to be dispensed in dry leaf or plant form, for administration by vaporization.
(6) The final written report under this section shall be adopted at a public meeting.