Is Delegate Shott in bed with Big Pharma?

 

 Delegate Shott,

IS John Shott In the pockets of Big Pharma?

He must be, why else would he include amendments to Senate Bill 386 (Medical Cannabis) that require massive fees and restrictions to prohibit anyone other than big corporations from participating. Below are his amendments to this bill. Also a link to his campaign financial report HERE

Some of his contributors are:

Phizer,  WV Health Care PAC, HOS PAC, Stoner Rise Healthcare,  Johnson & Johnson PAC, Greg Elliot (American Medical Fac. Man.), Merc.  Among many others.

It is apparent that his amendments were meant to keep Big Pharma in control!

§16A-6-6.  Fees and other requirements.

The following apply:

(1)  For a grower or processor:

(A)  An initial application fee in the amount of $10,000 shall be paid. The fee is nonrefundable.

(B)  A fee for a permit as a grower/processor in the amount of $100,000 shall be paid. The permit shall be valid for one year. Applicants shall submit the permit fee at the time of submission of the application. The fee shall be returned if the permit is not granted.

(C)  A renewal fee for the permit as a grower/processor in the amount of $10,000 shall be paid and shall cover renewal for all locations. The renewal fee shall be returned if the renewal is not granted.

(D)  An application to renew a permit must be filed with the bureau not more than six months nor less than four months prior to expiration.

(E)  All fees shall be paid by certified check or money order.

(2)  For a dispensary:

(A)  An initial application fee in the amount of $5,000 shall be paid. The fee is nonrefundable.

(B)  A permit fee for a dispensary shall be $25,000 for each location. The period of the permit is one year. An applicant shall submit the permit fee at the time of submission of the application. The fee shall be returned if the application is not granted.

(C)  A renewal fee for the permit as a dispensary in the amount of $5,000 shall be paid. The fee shall be returned if the renewal is not granted and shall cover renewal for all locations.

(D)  An application to renew a permit must be filed with the bureau not more than six months nor less than four months prior to expiration.

(E)  All fees shall be paid by certified check or money order.

(3)  A fee of $250 shall be required when amending the application to indicate relocation within this State or the addition or deletion of approved activities by the medical cannabis organization.

(4)  Fees payable under this section shall be deposited into the fund.

§16A-6-7.  Issuance.

A permit issued by the bureau to a medical cannabis organization shall be effective only for that organization and shall specify the following:

(1)  The name and address of the medical cannabis organization.

(2)  The activities of the medical cannabis organization permitted under this act.

(3)  The land, buildings, facilities or location to be used by the medical cannabis organization.

(4)  Any other information required by the bureau.

 

§16A-6-13.  Limitations on permits.

(a) The following limitations apply to approval of permits for growers, processors and dispensaries, subject to the limitations in subsection (b) of this section:

(1)  The bureau may not issue permits to more than 5 growers

(2)  The bureau may not issue permits to more than 5 processors.

(3)  The bureau may not issue permits to more than 15 dispensaries, with no more than 5 in any region.

(4)  The bureau may not issue more than two individual dispensary permits to one person.

(5)  The bureau may not issue more than one individual grower permit to one person.

(6) The bureau may not issue more than one individual processor permit to one person.

(7)  A dispensary may only obtain medical cannabis from a grower or processor holding a valid permit under this act.

(8)  A grower or processor may only provide medical cannabis to a dispensary holding a valid permit under this act.

(9) A grower or a processor may not be a dispensary.

(b) Before a permit may be issued, the bureau shall obtain the following:

(1) A written approval from the Board of Health for the county in which the permit is to be located and operate business.

(2) A written statement from the county commission for the county in which the permit is to be located and conduct business that the County has not voted, pursuant to section six, article seven of this chapter to disapprove a medical cannabis organization to be located or operate within the county.