Washington D.C. Council Rejects Bill To Shut Down Cannabis Gifting Economy

Washington D.C. Council Rejects Bill To Shut Down Cannabis Gifting Economy
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Ganjapreneur reports The D.C. Council this week rejected an emergency bill targeting cannabis gifting operations over concerns that the crackdown would disproportionately affect Black residents. This article was written by Gaspard Le Dem (@GLD_Live on Twitter) and originally published by Outlaw Report. The D.C. Council on Tuesday voted down an emergency measure to ramp up enforcement against the District’s many unregulated cannabis businesses – storefronts and delivery services that “gift” weed with the purchase of other goods, like t-shirts and potted plants. The bill, introduced late last week by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, would have granted D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board more power to impose hefty fines and shut down weed businesses that operate without a permit. It would also have made it easier to purchase cannabis at licensed medical dispensaries by allowing adults 21 and older to “self-certify” that they use weed for medical purposes, rather than requiring a doctor’s note. But with only eight votes in favor, the measure fell just one vote short of the two-thirds approval it needed to pass as emergency legislation. Read full article D.C. Council Narrowly Rejects Bill To Shut Down Cannabis Gifting Economy

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