Washington DC Medical Marijuana
Although Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana was initially passed in 1998 with a whopping 69% of the vote, the application of that law is finally within reach for the patients it would support. The Medical Marijuana Washington D.C. law was not implemented in 1998 because the funds needed to establish the registry and regulatory agency was blocked by Congress. That block has finally been lifted, and Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana advocates can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Additional amendments to the original law have been approved by legislature and now allow the Mayor of Washington D.C. to begin implementation of the registry and associated agency. Assuming of course, the implementation is not met with any additional roadblocks from Congress or the White House. The Mayor will have the power to authorize up to 8 dispensaries located across the city. Not surprisingly, detractors of the Medical Marijuana Washington DC law have voiced objections to what is considered suitable locations for dispensaries, and fear illicit activities will soon follow any placement.
Patients, Caregivers, and Dispensaries all must be registered with the city to seek protection under Medical Marijuana Washington DC law. Possession limits in the city will restrict patients to no more than 2 ounces per month, per patient. However, literature in the Washington DC Medical Marijuana law stipulates the Mayor may increase those personal limits to 4 ounces per month. Authorized dispensaries will be limited to 95 plants, and will be regulated by the city.
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New rules adopted by Washington D.C.’s medical marijuana program must now state in writing that they assume the risk of federal prosecution for the growing or distribution of marijuana. They must also acknowledge that they may not hold the city liable for any federal arrests that result from their participation in the program. This has been done in response to a memo from the U.S. Department of Justice stating that it still considers marijuana to be illegal for all uses except for use in federally authorized research programs.