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Washington, D.C. Council Approves 4/20 Medical Marijuana Tax Holiday

Leaders in Washington, D.C. have approved legislation to suspend taxes on medical marijuana around the 4/20 cannabis celebration, declaring a tax holiday on purchases from April 15 through April 28.

The District Council approved the tax holiday unanimously on a voice vote on Tuesday, also taking action on a number of other cannabis-related proposals, such as a proposed dispensary buffer zone around schools in commercial and industrial zones.

“The popular tax holiday is critical to the District’s effort to attract qualifying patients back to the legal market as well as sustainable and viable medical cannabis program,” said Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (I), who introduced the measure on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).

The legislation also extends the period of validity for medical marijuana patient and caregiver registration cards to six years and clarifies the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration’s (ABCA) authority to close down unlicensed and unregulated retailers.

The change authorizes ABCA to “summarily close an unlicensed retailer where the continued operations of the unlicensed retailer presents an imminent danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public,” according to a letter to the council from Bowser.

An amendment also adopted unanimously by the Council adjusted language in an

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