ANC 6A Discusses Medical Cannabis Licensing

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 6A) met via Zoom on Jan. 11. Commissioners Keya Chatterjee (6A01, vice chair), Mike Velasquez (6A02), Roberta Shapiro (6A03), Amber Gove (6A04, chair), Dave Wethington (6A05), Robb Dooling (6A06) and Steve Moilanen (6A07) were in attendance.

Granny Za’s at 515 H St. NE and UpNSmoke at 712 15th St. NE, asked the commission to support their applications to the Alcohol Beverage Cannabis Administration (ABCA) for Medical Retail Cannabis Licenses. These two storefronts are the first within the commission’s footprint to apply to make the transition from unregulated cannabis “gifting” establishments to operating under the District’s medical cannabis program.

Emergency legislation adopted last year by the DC Council. allows I-71 retailers a 90-day window to apply for medical cannabis retailer licenses. The application period opened on Nov. 1, 2023 and will close on Jan. 29, 2024.

The commission’s Alcohol Beverage Licensing (ABLC) Committee had held discussions on how to approach these businesses. The ABLC advised negotiating settlement agreements with the two, similar to those employed for liquor licenses, to help “balance public safety as well as people’s medical needs,” according to Commissioner Dooling.

“We want to set up the businesses for success and we want them to thrive,” Dooling said of the ongoing process.

Commissioner Velasquez expressed excitement about working with the committee and community in the new year. The commission took no vote on this matter.

The Commission Voted To:

• send a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) requesting immediate consideration of design changes ahead of existing construction plans to address persistent safety issues at the intersections of Florida Avenue NE, 12th Street NE, and of K Street NE and Montello Avenue NE;

• send a letter of support to HSEMA for the 2024 Capitol Hill Classic Race;

• draft testimony with Commission and community input for DDOT performance oversight hearing;

• change the name of the commission’s Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee to the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Committee;

• amend the commission operating procedures to allow both commissioners and community members to make a motion to support an item at a Committee meeting and place it on the consent agenda, and if that motion passes unanimously, the item is placed on the consent agenda for the monthly meeting;

• re-elect current commission officers to continue their positions through 2024.

The next meeting of ANC 6A is at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 via Zoom. Get details on committee meetings and how to join online at anc6a.org.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.