No Free Smoke, Get Two Doctor’s Notes

It was certainty “May Day” this morning at the Wilson Building for the Public Roundtable discussion lead by Councilmember Vincent Gray.   “Medical Marijuana Consultations and Patient referrals Rulemaking approval resolution of 2017” was the hot topic.  This is quite an extensive title, and it’s safe to say the same for the measure presumably.

More Dr’s, More Money

“Please do not make me fear my own city government,” stated Ramin Katirai as he presented his testimony at the roundtable.  The current medical marijuana program in the District is complicated, time consuming, and expensive.  It will drive people to the blackmarket which is cheaper suggest Katirai.

A proposed rule by the Department of Health to take effect May 25, which will require medical marijuana patients to see two physicians.  Many feel that this rule will have an affect, make it more expensive and more time-consuming for eligible patients to get or renew a medical marijuana card.  “Insane we are even considering this in the District,” thinks one witness while given their testimony.  Perhaps the people will plant more this Spring, and consider gifting marijuana as an alternative to cutting down the cost.

How did this rule even come about?  Were there any doctor violations?  The current cost for a medical marijuana card in the District is $25 to secure your appointment, $125 cash co-pay is required at the time of your consultation, along with an $100 application fee for the Department of Health, and $25 for qualifying low income patients. After adding up the card expenditures $250 is the estimated current cost for patients to receive a medical marijuana card.  Once you have this expenditure settled, allow another 4 to 6 weeks for application processing time.  “No physician fraud, why is this regulation even being put forward?” stated a witness.


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