Washington DC Bill Would Let Cannabis Convicts Work In Medical Industry

The Washington, DC City Council is considering a bill to allow individuals with felony or misdemeanor cannabis offenses to work in the District’s medical cannabis industry, the DCist reports. The measure would repeal a section of the District’s 1999 medical cannabis law, which prohibits those with cannabis-related convictions from serving as an employee, director, agent, or member of a medical cannabis business.

The bill also proposes a program to provide incentives for industry applicants that are 51 percent-owned by formerly incarcerated returning citizens. That program would waive industry application fees and offer technical assistance for such businesses applying for a license, according to the bill text.

At-Large Councilmember Robert White, who co-introduced the bill, said on Twitter that “there is no reason why those who’ve paid their debt to society should be locked out of this industry any longer.”

In 2014, DC voted to legalize cannabis for adult use, but Congress has ultimately blocked attempts to implement adult-use sales in the District. Returning citizens are allowed to grow their own cannabis and possess cannabis under that measure.

Adam Eidinger, of DC Marijuana Justice who helped introduce the legalization measure, said the organization has “generally been asking for rights for returning citizens to be in the industry.”

“People who have served their time should be able to work in this industry, regardless of whether they’ve had a past drug conviction, or really, any other conviction.” – Eidinger to DCist

Last May, Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced a bill to allow recreational use dispensaries. That measure remains under city council review. The medical cannabis industry reform bill was referred to the Committee on Business and Economic Development.

Originally Published on 2020 10 15 by TG Branfalt | Ganjapreneur.com

Thank you for joining us today for our latest news post. If you have any questions or comments about this post, we’d love to hear from you in the comments! Join the FindHempCBD.com newsletter to stay up to date on the latest Industry News and keep an eye out for our next news article!

Disclaimer: This content was sourced from Ganjapreneur.com and republished to our website to add value and additional content for our readers. In order to maintain the safety, functionality, and integrity of FindHempCBD.com, the sourced content may have been altered. To access the original content, please click the link below:


The Editor

The Editor

FindHempCBD.com is the internet's largest CBD stores directory. Browse 100s of CBD businesses, find CBD near you, and more!
  • Comments are closed.
  • Sign Up For Our Newsletter

    Stay informed with the latest articles on our CBD blog

    Related Posts

    CBD hemp oil, Hand holding bottle of Cannabis oil against Marijuana plant. Herbal Treatment, Alternative Medicine

    How CBD Can Help You

    With more and more CBD products entering the market every year, the CBD industry is growing at a rapid pace. The industry is projected to

    Pin It on Pinterest