With Bill Passage, West Virginia Set to Become 29th MMJ State

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Bates said he expected the House to accept the version of the budget passed by the Senate just before midnight, but that budget will likely be vetoed by the governor.

Justice says the tentative agreement, which has smaller cuts than the Senate and House were advancing, protects higher education and services for the state's poorest residents.

"I hate the fact that I have to sign a proclamation to extend the session for one day", Justice said in a post on his Twitter account.

The bill would call for a 4.5 cent increase on the gas tax, as well as a 1 percent increase on the consumer sales tax, according to Justice during the news conference.

In a letter Tuesday, WVU President E. Gordon Gee said the proposed Senate cuts would require significant layoffs and tuition increases at the university, describing the school as the state's economic engine.

The Senate's 34-0 approval Friday followed a previous House vote to add beds and establish an addiction prevention and recovery fund.

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Carmichael said the difference is between spending and the House's position and that the Senate was negotiating with House leadership to lower their budget. He had used words such as "pitiful" to describe his feelings toward state lawmakers, and their inability achieve a budget during the 60-day regular session.

He explained the Senate amendment makes additional cuts in the budget, and utilizes Rainy Day funds. Recent Legislatures have taken more than $400 million out of the fund in recent years to balance state budgets, including taking $70 million to balance the 2016-17 budget.

For addiction treatment, West Virginia now has more than 1,100 beds but struggles to meet demand. They voted 74-24 to pass the bill.

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.

Proponents of the bill said the subsidy, which, according to a legislative study, accounts for 95 percent of racing purses, is unsustainable in the face of a $500 million budget deficit.

It was not immediately clear if the Legislature would attempt to override the veto, either before the end of the session or in pending special session.

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