Washington, D.C. lawmakers have advanced an amended bill to fundamentally reshape the District’s medical cannabis program—including by 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.
The District Council’s Committee on Business and Economic Development approved the legislation—which would also codify that adults can self-certify as medical cannabis patients—on Tuesday. This comes about a month after an earlier version cleared a different panel.
The main components of the bill, which is being carried out by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), have stayed intact. But provisions dealing with issues such as licensing enforcement and the tax code were revised ahead of Tuesday’s committee markup.
The Medical Cannabis Amendment Act now heads to the Committee of the Whole before potentially receiving final sign-off by the District Council.
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