28 October 2016

Here’s the report published yesterday by MJ Biz -you’ll find most of what you need to know at

Big changes coming for DC’s medical cannabis businesses

They introduce the piece by saying

To begin with, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a directive in late September that the amount of MMJ patients can purchase in a 30-day period be doubled, to 4 ounces. It’s unclear when or if that directive will go into effect; but if it does, dispensary sales numbers could jump.

The possibly bigger change for businesses is a proposed ordinance before the DC City Council, called the Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Act. According to a summary from Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the measure would:

  • Allow registered patients to make purchases at any of the district’s five dispensaries, instead of only at one.
  • Eliminate the current 1,000-plant limit for licensed cultivators.
  • Permit nurses to issue recommendations for patients, instead of only physicians.
  • Enact a reciprocity provision to allow visiting MMJ cardholders from other states to purchase cannabis.
  • Allow licensed MMJ businesses to relocate within their council wards.
  • Create a cannabis lab testing system.