DC City Council Looks to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Both the growing and use of medical marijuana could get boost if two D.C. Council amendments to current District law are approved. Two D.C. Council committees heard testimony today on the measures—one that would allow for cultivators to grow more marijuana and another that would allow for a wider number of patients to receive medical marijuana prescriptions.

At-Large Councilmember David Grosso‘s Medical Marijuana Plant Cultivation Amendment Act of 2014 would allow for cultivation centers to grow up to 500 plants, up from the current limit of 95 plants. But with just three cultivators operating even though D.C. law allows for 10—and with fewer than 400 participants in the medical marijuana program despite projects of 800 by this time—one topic of debate was whether the city’s nascent medical pot industry even needs extra room to grow.

While Dr. Joxel Garcia, the director of the District Department of Health, argued that cultivators don’t need 500 plants, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells defended the boost as a matter of business, not health. Grosso added, “If it were up to me, we wouldn’t even stop at 500, we would allow the businesses to decide.”

– Read the entire article at Washington City Paper.