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One of many largest issues that sufferers who depend on medical marijuana face is the truth that the legal guidelines differ from state-to-state, that means their drugs just isn’t authorized in every single place they go. It additionally implies that they can’t deliver their drugs on an airplane, throughout state traces, and even buy it in most locations exterior of the state the place they’re registered. Washington D.C. is the primary space to open their medical marijuana program to cardholders from a complete of 27 of the states which have legalized medical cannabis

“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” mentioned Bowser in a press release. “It ensures medical marijuana sufferers from different states can receive their wanted drugs. It would additionally promote public security by permitting guests to acquire their drugs at one of many District’s six — quickly to be seven — licensed dispensaries reasonably than forcing them to go with out or patronizing the unlawful market.”

The D.C. program already accepted medical marijuana playing cards from Washington, Colorado, Florida, Delaware, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, North Dakota, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Montana. This week, Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced that they might be including six further states – New York, Vermont, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Alaska and Arizona. 

The one states with medical marijuana legal guidelines that haven’t been included – however are underneath evaluation to be included sooner or later – are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Louisiana. Louisiana has solely simply began their medical marijuana gross sales this month and West Virginia hasn’t even registered sufferers or began licensing companies but, so these states will possible be added as soon as their very own packages are extra secure. 

“We wish to have the ability to regulate, we would like to have the ability to be sure that we’re gathering our fair proportion in taxes, we wish to make investments these taxes in ways in which have an effect on communities which have been disproportionately affected, and we wish to prepare and rent DC residents,” Bowser mentioned earlier this yr.

Whereas sufferers do have to do not forget that they can’t take their drugs throughout state traces, people who wish to trip within the D.C. space can discover reduction in the truth that they are going to have the ability to buy the drugs they want within the district’s licensed dispensaries. Hopefully, different states will see what D.C. has executed to assist sufferers and contemplate permitting dispensaries to just accept out-of-state medical marijuana ID playing cards, making certain that sufferers can entry their drugs with out being restricted to their house state.