Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–1671.13. Rules.

(a) The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], shall issue rules to implement the provisions of this chapter, including rules to:

(1) Adopt manufacturing practices that cultivation centers and dispensaries shall be required to comply with to ensure that medical marijuana sold by cultivation centers and dispensaries is of pharmaceutical grade;

(2) Ensure that the labeling on medical marijuana sold by cultivation centers and dispensaries provides sufficient and accurate information, verified by a testing laboratory, for qualifying patients to be able to make informed choices;

(3) Ensure that each cultivation center, dispensary, and testing laboratory has appropriate signage and outdoor lighting and an appropriate security system, security plan, and theft prevention plan;

(4) Limit the hours during which dispensaries, cultivation enters, and testing laboratories may operate;

(5) Determine, for the purpose of ensuring that qualifying patients have adequate access to medical marijuana, the number of cultivation centers that may operate in the District, based on the number of qualifying patients expected to register in the first year of the Program’s operation; provided, that the Mayor may adjust this number through rulemaking based on:

(A) The number of registered qualifying patients; and

(B) The number of qualifying patients expected to register in the subsequent 180 days;

(6) Determine the amount of any registration fee for any dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory;

(7) Determine the forms of medical marijuana that dispensaries and cultivation centers shall be permitted to dispense or distribute; and

(8) Within 6 months after February 18, 2017, determine the process for permitting a dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory to:

(A) Relocate within an election ward, established by the Council in § 1-1041.03, pursuant to § 7-1671.06(g-2); and

(B) Change ownership or controlling interest pursuant to § 7-1671.06(g-3).

(a-1) Pursuant to the transfer of functions of the Department of Health to ABRA by § 25-204.02, the Mayor shall issue rules in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, which rules shall allow registered dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to qualifying patients through delivery, curbside pickup, and at-the-door options.

(b) The Mayor shall submit the proposed rules to the Council for a 30-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution, within this 30-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.