In an early and limited test of Congress’ attitudes toward marijuana under new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, sweeping changes to Washington DC’s medical cannabis regulations are heading to Capitol Hill for federal lawmakers’ final approval this month.
Voters in the nation’s capital legalized adult use and possession of marijuana in 2014, but there’s no recreational industry per se.
These changes would create what some observers have described as a de facto adult-use industry in the District of Columbia in an end-around intended to thwart Congress, which has blocked past efforts to create a viable retail market in DC.
Legal cannabis is currently available from one of the city’s seven medical marijuana dispensaries, which face competition from a large and unregulated gray market where marijuana is readily available as a “free gift” with the purchase of a poster, T-shirt or other item.
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