DC Council Chairman Mendelson Introduces Truthful Leisure Hashish Laws – MJNews Community

DISTRICT COLOMBIA: DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, along with Councilors Kenyan McDuffie, Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Christina Henderson and Mary Cheh, introduced the most comprehensive, progressive and fairest legislation regulating the sale of recreational cannabis one in the District of Columbia.

“This legislation is the culmination of over a year of work by my office and external stakeholders,” said Mendelson. “It creates a comprehensive legal framework for the cultivation, production and sale of recreational cannabis. Most importantly, this bill focuses on reinvestment and opportunities for the people and communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.”

The “Comprehensive Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis Act of 2021” differs from previous iterations of recreational marijuana sales invoices in that it states:

  1. A social equity program that requires that at least half of all licenses be reserved for social equity applicants (defined as residents previously convicted of cannabis-related crimes or ten in the past 20 years in areas with high poverty rates have lived, unemployment and arrests);
  2. A Cannabis Equity and Opportunity Fund to provide financial support to social justice applicants. This is especially important as traditional cannabis funding options are unavailable and are particularly difficult for social justice applicants. 30 percent of the tax revenue from cannabis sales would be paid into this fund.
  3. A Community Reinvestment Program fund that grants grants to organizations dealing with issues such as economic development, homelessness prevention, youth development and civil legal assistance in areas hardest hit by the drug wars. Fifty percent of the tax revenue from cannabis sales would be paid into this fund.
  4. A solid public awareness campaign that educates district residents about the law and focuses on responsible use and harm reduction strategies for adult residents who use cannabis.
  5. Automatic deletion of cannabis-related arrests and convictions, as well as re-conviction options for those currently convicted of cannabis convictions;
  6. Protecting district residents who legally own and use cannabis under the law so that they do not lose benefits, employment, or access to other critical resources; and
  7. Approval for banks in the district to do business with cannabis licensees and allowances for local tax deductions for business expenses of cannabis licensees.

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