Hearing on Medical Marijuana Legislation Today in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. City Council will meet today to discuss proposed legislation that would amend and implement Initiative 59, "The Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1998," which D.C. voters overwhelmingly passed with 69% of the vote. After long-standing federal restrictions were removed from the D.C. appropriations bill this past December, the original initiative was transmitted to Congress for a mandatory 30-legislative-day review process, which is scheduled to conclude in early March. The Council has proposed emergency legislation that will delay the initiative's effective date so that it can consider any amendments that may be needed prior to implementation.

"I applaud the Council for moving forward with implementation of an initiative D.C. patients have waited more than a decade to see take effect," said Dan Riffle, legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project. "I hope the Council continues to consider this legislation carefully, with the goal of implementing a program that allows doctors to decide when medical marijuana should be utilized, and gives patients the safe access voters sought to ensure with their overwhelming support of Initiative 59."

  WHAT: Hearing on medical marijuana legislation proposed in D.C.

  WHO: D.C. City Council, Joint Committees on Health and Public Safety and the Judiciary

  WHEN: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23

  WHERE: John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 123






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