Nov 15, 2021
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Earlier this year, D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson introduced “The Comprehensive Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021," a bill to regulate and tax cannabis sales in the District.
A public hearing, which will be conducted via Zoom, has been scheduled for this Friday, November 19 at 9:00 a.m. Friday’s hearing will be the D.C. Council’s first official hearing on a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis sales.
If you are interested in providing testimony on Friday, please sign up here. Testimony is limited to three minutes, and you must register to testify by the close of business on Wednesday, November 17. You may also submit written testimony for the record to firstname.lastname@example.org. The record will close on Friday, December 3, 2021.
If you live in D.C, urge your councilmembers to support taxing and regulating cannabis sales for adults 21 and older in the District.
The Comprehensive Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021 would establish a regulatory scheme for the licensing, production, and retail sale of adult-use cannabis in the District, allow for automatic expungement of D.C. Code cannabis-related arrests and convictions, and establish a social equity program to provide opportunities in the legal industry for communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. You can check out our summary of the bill here.
In other news, please consider signing and sharing this petition to have the Council remove the $100 fee that the regulating agency (ABRA) charges to process cards for medical cannabis patients. This is a huge barrier to patients obtaining the medicine they need.
Washingtonians deserve access to safe, regulated cannabis. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your voice heard at Friday’s historic hearing. Please share this message with your friends and family in the District!