The mayor of Washington, D.C. has signed a bill to make fundamental changes to the medical marijuana program in the nation’s capital. That will involve eliminating cannabis business licensing caps, providing tax relief to operators, further promoting social equity and creating new regulated business categories such as on-site consumption facilities and cannabis cooking classes.
It will also provide a pathway for current “gifting” operators that sell non-cannabis items in exchange for “free” marijuana products to enter the licensed market, while empowering officials to crack down on those who continue to operate illegally.
The D.C. Council passed the legislation from Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) last month, and Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed it into law on Monday.
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D.C. Mayor Signs Major Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Eliminating Licensing Caps, Providing Tax Relief And More