D.C. Council Approves Bill Allowing Patients from Outside District to Use Dispensaries
The Washington D.C. Council gave unanimous approval yesterday to an ordinance that allows medical cannabis patients from other jurisdictions to use the district’s dispensaries to purchase their medicine.
“Non-residents are not permitted to purchase medical marijuana under current law”, states a committee report from September. “This results in a complete barrier to access for non-residents that doesn’t exist for other medication”.
The ordinance to change this received not a single “No” vote Tuesday, which was its final vote. It’s expected to be quickly signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The proposal also benefits patients in D.C. by allowing them to purchase their medicine from more than one dispensary at a time, without the need to pay a transfer fee when switching from one location to another (as is the case currently).
The District of Columbia currently has five operating dispensaries supplying medicine to the district’s roughly 4,300 patients.