On February 26, Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced The Medical Cannabis Amendment Act of 2021 to make the District’s medical cannabis program more equitable, inclusive and fair; provide patients and caregivers greater flexibility and options; and ensure facilities are able to meet patient demand and product preferences.
This information session highlights key provisions included in the legislation such as:
- Removing and reducing barriers for returning citizens to be able to enter the industry and own facilities.
- Increasing the number of permitted dispensaries from eight (8) to 16 and allowing two (2) dispensaries per ward.
- Extending the registration period for medical cannabis facilities from one (1) to three years.
- Eliminating the cultivation center plant count limit on a permanent basis.
- Allowing dispensaries to obtain a safe use treatment facility endorsement to allow medical cannabis to be administered onsite and/or a delivery endorsement to offer cannabis delivery and curbside pickup.
Please note that this information session will only address proposed enhancements to the medical cannabis program and NOT adult-use cannabis.
The legislation can be tracked in the Legislative Information Management System.