D.C. Mayor’s Budget Plan Seems To Set Stage For Legal Marijuana Sales

D.C. Mayor’s Budget Plan Seems To Set Stage For Legal Marijuana Sales

The mayor of Washington, D.C. released a budget plan for the 2021 fiscal year on Monday, and it contains a signal that the local government is preparing to implement regulations for retail marijuana sales just as soon as Congress allows it. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is proposing to shift regulatory and licensing responsibilities for the city’s current medical cannabis program from the Department of Health to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). The budget also calls for the establishment of “a non-lapsing Medical Cannabis Administration Fund to collect all funds received from medical cannabis licensing, permitting, and registration fees,” according to a fiscal impact statement. The document, which was first noted by WAMU’s Martin Austermuhle, states that the mayor’s plan would transfer $360,000 in local funds, about $600,000 in special purpose revenue and six full-time employees from the health department to ABRA. And it looks like Bowser wants to move oversight of the city’s medical marijuana program from the Department of Health to ABRA (booze regulators). Not unexpected: D.C. contemplated future regulation of legal recreational weed to be in ABRA. pic.twitter.com/R9Xonl64YG — Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) May 19, 2020 “Under the most difficult of circumstances, we crafted a balanced budget that reflects our shared values and priorities, makes significant investments in our residents, and sets the District up for an efficient recovery,” Bowser said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the Council to ensure we invest in health, opportunity, prosperity and equity for the District.” While the…

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