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D.C. Mayor signs bill to expand medical cannabis access!

Feb 22, 2022

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Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed the "Medical Marijuana Patient Access Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2022" into law! The emergency legislation lowers barriers to the District’s medical cannabis program.

Here are the provisions included:

  • Until September 30, 2022, senior citizens over age 65 will be able to self-certify their own eligibility for medical cannabis without having to get a recommendation from a doctor. The self-certification form is available online here.
  • Allows patients whose registrations expired on or after March 1, 2020 to continue to purchase medical cannabis until September 30, 2022.
  • Creates a “4/20 Medical Cannabis Sales Tax Holiday Week.” From April 15 through April 24, 2022, patients will not have to pay the six percent sales tax on medical cannabis.

In response to the legislation becoming law, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) announced that it would be hosting a “Senior Week” from February 22-25 to help assist seniors in the self-certification process.

What: “Senior Week.” Walk-in applicants with completed applications will receive a digital and physical registration during their visit. Assistance completing applications will also be provided as needed.

When: From today, Tuesday, February 22 through Friday, February 25 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Where: ABRA’s office is located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, D.C. 20009.

More information on D.C.’s medical cannabis program can be found here, and you can find a list of licensed dispensaries in D.C. here.

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