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 dcother 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.

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D.C. Council Passes Bill to Prohibit Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

Thed.c.2 Washington D.C. Council has approved the Prohibition on Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill 21-25). The measure was passed on a unanimous voice vote.

According to an official summary of the bill, it would prohibit employers “from requiring a prospective employee to submit to a drug test for marijuana use as a part of the application procedure.” In addition, the legislation “requires the Mayor to: Establish a public information campaign on the impact of marijuana use and abuse; Report to the Council information regarding health education programs in public schools related to substance abuse; Evaluate the effectiveness of the District’s treatment programs regarding the use and abuse of marijuana.”

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