D.C. Expands Medical Marijuana Deliveries Amid Coronavirus And Shifts Regulatory Control To Alcohol Agency

D.C. Expands Medical Marijuana Deliveries Amid Coronavirus And Shifts Regulatory Control To Alcohol Agency

Washington, D.C. is continuing to expand access to medical marijuana amid the coronavirus pandemic, with regulators announcing on Thursday that delivery services and registration card expiration dates will be extended. Notably, as of October 1, the district’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is now responsible for overseeing the medical cannabis program, taking over for the Department of Health. That’s consistent with a budget proposal the mayor put forth in May that some feel is a step toward preparing for the eventual launch of the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in the nation’s capital. But for now it remains the case that a congressional rider blocks D.C. from using its own local tax dollars to set up a legal adult-use cannabis market. In the meantime, regulators are focused on improving patient access while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. That involves extending the time of day that medical marijuana dispensaries are able to deliver cannabis products as well as the number of vehicles they can use. While delivery times were limited to 11 AM to 7 PM when the temporary emergency rule was first implemented in April, the newly adopted policy provides for deliveries from 9 AM to 9 PM. Marijuana shops can now also use a fleet of up to three vehicles for delivery purposes, whereas they were previously limited to just one. “The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has added to the strain on persons with health conditions for which they were recommended medical cannabis,” ABRA said in a notice. “The increased…

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