Washington, D.C. medical marijuana patients could submit products directly to labs for testing—and regulators would be able to issue temporary cannabis patient registrations to non-residents that last for up to a year—under a bill that was recently sent to the mayor’s desk.
The legislation, sponsored by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D), would additionally expand who could qualify as social equity cannabis license applicants. It was sent to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) late last month, and she will need to act on it by October 11.
The non-resident temporary registration provisions would build on the District’s evolving medical marijuana program, which has been repeatedly amended as lawmakers continue to face a congressional blockade that prevents them from enacting a regulated adult-use cannabis market even though voters approved broad legalization in 2014.
Last year, a law took effect allowing residents to self-certify as medical marijuana patients, leading to a surge in registrations. That was followed up with a non-resident self-certification reform.
Non-residents could apply for a registration that would be effective for up to one year, the new bill says. Currently, the non-resident self-certification only allows 30-day registrations.
The measure’s cannabis testing components are also novel. While
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