Capitalist Marijuana Advocates Discuss Strict D.C. Regulations

Posted on: August 30th, 2010  |  No Comments

On Saturday, August 28, 2010, The Washington Post again focused on medical marijuana as it nears legality in the District. As anticipation grows, many businessmen and women are hoping to take advantage of the new industry. However, the structure of the D.C. legislation may already be limiting involvement by people most familiar with the industry. Those with a criminal history involving drug offenses, even minor ones, may be prohibited from owning dispensaries.

Advocates worry that D.C.’s medical marijuana regulations, among the strictest in the country, may shut out entrepreneurs who are other otherwise qualified and have a proven tract record of running successful businesses under medical marijuana statutes in other state.

“D. Paul Stanford, a Portland, Ore., marijuana activist who runs “pot doc” clinics in nine states, said he is moving forward with plans for a nonprofit office here. But officials say Stanford’s operation could run afoul of regulations that require doctors offering marijuana referrals to have an “ongoing” and “bona fide” relationship with the patient.”

Stanford’s criminal history might also be an issue. He has been convicted of four felonies related to drug possession and distribution, in 1987 and 1991, and of a parole violation, a misdemeanor, in 2000, according to court documents in Oregon. He has also been arrested, but not convicted, two other times on drug-related offenses.

“We run a very professional business here, and we follow all regulations,” Stanford said.”

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