Medical patients may be able to self-certify under new bill


Washington D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced a bill on Tuesday which would allow patients to access medical cannabis without a doctor’s recommendation.

The Medical Marijuana Improvement Amendment Act of 2017 would allow D.C. patients to self-certify their need for medical cannabis and would not be required to meet with a physician, fill out paperwork or wait for the Washington D.C. government to issue a medical cannabis card.

“Medical cannabis has been shown to be a viable alternative to the prescription of opioid painkillers, which can set people down the path to addiction,” Grosso said in a press release about the bill. “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.”

If the bill passes, patients in the District of Columbia would only be required to provide a signed testimony which affirms they use cannabis explicitly for medical purposes to the dispensary of their choosing.