US: D.C. medical cannabis registrations surged after self-certification law took effect

Washington, D.C. residents have wasted no time taking advantage of a new law that allows people to “self-certify” as medical cannabis patients that took effect in early July, with officials releasing data that shows a significant spike in registrations last month now that people no longer need a doctor to sign off to join the program.

The District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) posted the monthly figures on Thursday. More than 1,200 people registered to become cannabis patients in July, for a total of 15,730.

While it’s not clear how many of those patients self-certified since Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed the District Council-passed bill into law on July 6, last month saw the largest jump by far in registrations this year. Registrations have been steadily increasing, but most months have only seen a few hundred additional patients.

From June to July, medical cannabis patient registrations increased from 14,468 to 15,730—roughly nine percent growth.

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