Jason Frame was named director of the Office of Medical Cannabis Friday.
The office is a recently created branch of the Bureau for Public Health, part of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The office will oversee the state’s new medical cannabis program, established by the Medical Cannabis Act.
The act was signed into law April 19 and allows cannabis to be used for certified medical use by West Virginia residents with a serious medical condition. Patient and caregiver cards will not be issued until July 1, 2019.
“I am honored to be selected as the director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis,” said Frame. “My goal is to lead the state’s medical cannabis program in a responsible and deliberative manner to help ensure health care providers have another option in extending compassionate care for those who are living with a serious illness, especially in situations where medical cannabis may provide much needed relief.”
Prior to his hiring as the director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, Frame worked for the department’s Office of Environmental Health Services.
Frame is expected to be officially introduced at the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board meeting set for Feb. 6.