D.C. Lawmakers Reject Bill To Effectively Legalize Marijuana Sales For Adults And Crack Down On ‘Gifting’ Market

D.C. Lawmakers Reject Bill To Effectively Legalize Marijuana Sales For Adults And Crack Down On ‘Gifting’ Market
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Washington, D.C. lawmakers on Tuesday rejected a measure to effectively circumvent a congressional ban on locally legalizing adult-use marijuana sales by allowing adults 21 and older to “self-certify” themselves as medical cannabis patients without needing a doctor’s recommendation. The emergency resolution faced criticism from some advocates over separate provisions that would have cracked down on unlicensed businesses that are using existing policy to “gift” cannabis to people who purchase unrelated products and services. District Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) sponsored the legislation, which is the product of a unique legal and regulatory quandary that the District has found itself in since voters approved the legalization of personal cannabis possession, cultivation and gifting at the ballot in 2014. Despite strong interest in creating a regulated sales model for cannabis, congressional appropriations legislation has blocked local lawmakers from implementing a system of marijuana commerce. The Council defeated a resolution to declare emergency status and allow expedited action on the bill even after an amendment to the underlying legislation was floated to significantly increase the cap on medical cannabis business licenses. The emergency declaration resolution received majority support, with an 8-5 vote, but it needed a supermajority of nine members to clear the way for the bill to be considered without moving through the traditional committee process. It is likely that lawmakers will bring up the proposed reforms as non-emergency legislation at a later time. Don't be confused by misinformation. This legislation makes it easier to get cannabis legally. And there is nothing in the bill about criminal penalties. You can read the bill (and a summary memo) here:https://t.co/nKx53gTqhx pic.twitter.com/H4IpR32vyG — Phil Mendelson (@ChmnMendelson) April 1, 2022 “There’s nothing in the bill about criminal penalties—nothing. It’s entirely in terms of [civil enforcement],” Mendelson said at a press briefing on Monday, reacting to concerns…

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