Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Well being, and the Mayor’s Workplace of Coverage is saying an growth of the scope of its reciprocity guidelines for medical marijuana to all states that subject medical marijuana playing cards or different state paperwork. Non-residents needing their remedy whereas they’re visiting the District will have the ability to patronize the District’s regulated marijuana dispensaries and procure their remedy. It’s unlawful to cross state traces with marijuana, which stays federally prohibited.
“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” stated Mayor Bowser. “It ensures medical marijuana sufferers from different states can receive their wanted medication. It’ll additionally promote public security by permitting guests to acquire their medication at one of many District’s six – quickly to be seven – approved dispensaries somewhat than forcing them to go with out or patronizing the unlawful market.”
The rulemaking expands the variety of states whose medical playing cards the District acknowledges from 19 to not less than 27 states. Recognition of different states’ playing cards isn’t depending on whether or not these states acknowledge District of Columbia playing cards. Sufferers can’t compel their state to enact a regime that’s the substantial equal of Washington, DC, however they nonetheless might have cannabis to deal with their medical wants.
New states added by at present’s motion are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and Vermont. Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and West Virginia are below evaluate.
Playing cards from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington State are already acknowledged.
In Might 2019, Mayor Bowser proposed the Protected Hashish Gross sales Act of 2019 – laws permitting for the sale of leisure cannabis in Washington, DC. The invoice enhances public well being and security, supplies readability on the usage of cannabis and cannabis merchandise, and advances fairness to make sure that the advantages of a cannabis regime go to DC’s most susceptible communities by way of jobs and investments in housing.