DC’s medical marijuana law will be worth limited fanfare unless people urge D.C. to expand the list of permitted medical marijuana uses
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Through my excitement over the District of Columbia’s becoming an additional medical marijuana jurisdiction, I did not focus on the problem that other than the following “qualifying medical conditions” allowing use of medical marijuana, any other qualifying condition must be approved by a rulemaking of the District of Columbia government for a condition that is:
(i) Chronic or long-lasting;
(ii) Debilitating or interferes with the basic functions of life; and
(iii) A serious medical condition for which the use of medical marijuana is beneficial:
(I) That cannot be effectively treated by any ordinary medical or surgical measure; or
(II) For which there is scientific evidence that the use of medical marijuana is likely to be significantly less addictive than the ordinary medical treatment for that condition.
The already qualifying medical conditions allowing use of medical marijuana are:
(A) Human immunodeficiency virus;
(B) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
(D) Conditions characterized by severe and persistent muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis;
Consequently, particularly if you are a District of Columbia resident, please contact the D.C. government during the 45-day notice-and-comment period that started August 6, 2010, to urge an expansion of the statutorily-listed conditions that permit medical marijuana use, because the initial draft medical marijuana regulations initial draft medical marijuana regulations do not add any conditions to the above list of five that are permitted for medical marijuana use.
For your convenience, here is a petition from Safe Access D.C. that you may sign and submit online to comment.
I also suggest submitting your own personalized comments to Mayor Fenty or other council leaders on the draft rulemaking. The proposed rulemaking directs that comments may be made as follows:
Comments on this rule should be submitted, in writing, to Arthur J. Parker, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Office of the Attorney General, Legal Counsel Division, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 409, Washington, DC, 20004, within forty-five (45) days of the date of publication of this notice in the D.C. Register.