Washington D.C. is an interesting place when it comes to marijuana policy. Washington D.C.. Washington D.C. approved medical marijuana legalization via the ‘Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1999.’ However, because implementation funds were tied to Congressional approval, the program didn’t actually launch until 2010 when the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010 was passed, and Congress didn’t step in the way of implementation.
Since that time multiple dispensaries have opened in Washington D.C., with strict rules on how much plants the compassion centers were allowed to grow, and rules regarding where patients could purchase their medicine. It was a far from perfect system, and with so many patients coming in from other parts of the country that have no where to purchase their medicine, the Washington D.C. Council took up the idea of reciprocity, which would allow D.C. dispensaries to sell to patients from states that have legalized medical marijuana.
I’m happy to say that the proposal was voted on yesterday in D.C., and that the D.C. Council approved the measure. Per the Washington Times:
The D.C. Council has approved a measure that would allow medical marijuana users from other jurisdictions to use their out-of-state registration cards to purchase cannabis in the District.
The bill, which received unanimous support from the council on its final vote Tuesday, aims to make it easier for patients visiting the District to get the medicine they need, medical marijuana advocates say.
As of Oct. 1, the District has five dispensaries supplying pot products to the city’s 4,283 medical marijuana card holders — less than 1 percent of the city’s 670,000 residents.
This is good news for not just patients from outside of D.C., but also for D.C. patients too, as they can now purchase medicine from any of the dispensaries in D.C. from my understanding. This allows patients to get the best deals, and holds the dispensaries more accountable as they will have to compete for business, which I think will help lower prices. Dispensaries are no longer capped on how many plants they can grow according to the previously cited article, which will hopefully lead to better variety and end products. I plan on traveling to Washington D.C. someday with my buddy Randy Quast, and now I can get some meds while I’m there. Fantastic!
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