The Future Of Legal Cannabis In The Nation's Capital

By Seth Gitner and Jonathan Havens (June 6, 2022, 2:57 PM EDT) -- Adult use of cannabis is currently authorized in Washington, D.C.,[1] but due to a congressional rider preventing the district from using any funds to enact and regulate a legal market, an unregulated marketplace has thrived, operating under the premise that retailers cannot sell, but can gift cannabis to consumers.

The success of the largely unregulated D.C. adult-use market has given political capital to these gifting retailers, thwarting the D.C. Council's most recent efforts at reform.

The history of D.C.'s adult-use cannabis legislation somewhat parallels the history of D.C.'s medical cannabis legislation.

D.C. voters approved a medical marijuana program in November 1998,...

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