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One of many largest issues that sufferers who depend on medical marijuana face is the truth that the legal guidelines range from state-to-state, which means their medication is just not authorized all over the place they go. It additionally implies that they can’t carry their medication on an airplane, throughout state traces, and even buy it in most locations outdoors of the state the place they’re registered. Washington D.C. is the primary space to open their medical marijuana program to cardholders from a complete of 27 of the states which have legalized medical cannabis

“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” mentioned Bowser in a press release. “It ensures medical marijuana sufferers from different states can acquire their wanted medication. It is going to additionally promote public security by permitting guests to acquire their medication at one of many District’s six — quickly to be seven — approved dispensaries slightly than forcing them to go with out or patronizing the unlawful market.”

The D.C. program already accepted medical marijuana playing cards from Washington, Colorado, Florida, Delaware, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, North Dakota, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Montana. This week, Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced that they might be including six extra states – New York, Vermont, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Alaska and Arizona. 

The one states with medical marijuana legal guidelines that haven’t been included – however are beneath evaluation to be included sooner or later – are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Louisiana. Louisiana has solely simply began their medical marijuana gross sales this month and West Virginia hasn’t even registered sufferers or began licensing companies but, so these states will seemingly be added as soon as their very own applications are extra secure. 

“We would like to have the ability to regulate, we wish to have the ability to be sure we’re amassing our justifiable share in taxes, we need to make investments these taxes in ways in which have an effect on communities which were disproportionately affected, and we need to practice and rent DC residents,” Bowser mentioned earlier this 12 months.

Whereas sufferers do have to keep in mind that they can’t take their medication throughout state traces, those who want to trip within the D.C. space can discover reduction in the truth that they’ll be capable of buy the medication they want within the district’s licensed dispensaries. Hopefully, different states will see what D.C. has accomplished to assist sufferers and take into account permitting dispensaries to just accept out-of-state medical marijuana ID playing cards, guaranteeing that sufferers can entry their medication with out being restricted to their house state.