According to the laws of 29 states and Washington, all those patients seeking medical marijuana benefits are required to get an official recommendation from a doctor. In short, if you want to buy medical marijuana, you need to have a prescription. But, a lawmaker in the Washington is looking to change this scenario.
Under the new law, Medical Marijuana Improvement Amendment Act of 2017, patients can buy medical cannabis without any medical prescription.
Changes that will Take Place with this New law
With the implementation of this law, patients can buy marijuana without wasting time and money. The fact is that sometimes meeting the physician, filling out paperwork, and waiting for the government to issue a medical cannabis identification card can be an expensive process.
Now, they could just visit dispensaries and sign affidavit announcing that they use cannabis for explicit for medical purpose. Moreover, confirm that they are above 21 years and have a clear idea about federal and local marijuana laws.
Councilmember David Grosso introduced the bill on Tuesday. Under this, medical cannabis dispensaries can offer this weed in some specific areas where patients can consume marijuana together.
In the press release, Grosso said, “Medical marijuana has been shown to be a viable alternative to the prescription of opioid painkillers, which can set people down the path to addiction.” He further added, “While we have made significant improvements to our medical marijuana program here in D.C., there is more we can do to improve access for patients and reduce opioid reliance and overdose.”
This bill was signed on three initial cosponsors: Robert White, Brianne Nadeau and Councilmembers Vincent Gray.
In the meeting, he also said that legislation would eliminate penalties for conducting drug testing technologies through which consumers can examine the purity of the substances they are consuming. This bill will also allow more areas in the city to conduct syringe exchange programs.
Separately, he wrote to District health officials asking that they examine allowing safe injection facilities where consumers could take illegal drugs under medical supervision. All this will make medical marijuana treatment easy for state people.
Highlights of the Press Release
According to the press release, he said, “For decades we have attempted to use criminal penalties to solve drug addiction and its associated consequences,” Grosso said. “This ‘War on Drugs’ has failed and in recent years, D.C. has adopted a public health and evidence-based approach to reduce harm and help people find appropriate treatment. My proposals continue that approach.”
The Safe Access for Public Health Amendment Act of 2017, enables people to access the new technology that allows users to test their own drugs in order to avoid overdosing. This will even support to reduce the harmful efforts of injection drug by improving access to hygienic syringes. Thus, this will lower the transmission of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. They can reap the benefits of medical marijuana easily.
Grosso said, “There is no scientific basis for criminalizing paraphernalia possession.” He further added, “It only increases the likelihood of harm to those who are struggling with addiction and continues the failed policies of the War on Drugs that has had a disproportionate impact on our African-American communities.”