Medical Marijuana Likely Coming To West Virginia

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus R San Antonio stands before the opening of the 85th Texas Legislative session in the house chambers in January. The House budget proposes modestly dipping into the Rainy Day Fund while the Senate plan does not. The

It still has to go to the House if it is passed in the Senate, Justice said.

The budget plan the House approved 58-42 on Wednesday evening would make about $75 million in new cuts overall, including almost 6 percent from higher education with remaining state support not earmarked specifically for individual schools.

Justice says he's issued a proclamation as required by the state constitution and extending the session by a day.

Justice outlined a proposal that he said calls a consumer tax increase, a "rich man's tax" and a business tax. The Senate followed by the House could approve the needed legislation Saturday night or Sunday, he said.

He asked Carmichael if he had received a copy, and the leader of the Republican majority said he might have.

He says he holds out hope they can reach an agreement.

They are still projecting an overall budget shortfall of about $123 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30, Hardy said. Several Republican lawmakers vowed to make the state government live within its means without tax increases.




The budget did not include funding for the Save Our State fund or teacher pay raises. "That's a solution of last resort, but we're willing to do that to produce a budget".

This year, Justice has extended the session for just one day for work on the budget through today, leading the Legislature to bypass the conference committee process and attempt to work out a compromise that could be approved on the Senate floor. "With this new pain relief option available, fewer people will need to rely on highly addictive opiates", said Joseph Cohen, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

Senate Bill 386, known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, was introduced by Sen.

SB 437 discontinues the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund, financed from the bets made at the tracks, under the state Racing Commission and transfers $15 million money to the Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to be appropriated by the Legislature, but allows funds for greyhound adoption spaying and neutering programs.

For addiction treatment, West Virginia now has more than 1,100 beds but struggles to meet demand. "We can't turn our back on communities like Wheeling that benefit from dog racing". The bill will cost 1,700 in jobs, he said.

Justice noted approximately 1,700 jobs are provided in the state through greyhound racing, including operations at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and Mardi Gras Resort and Casino.

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