Chocolate City Wellness Smoke Shop Opens in Dupont

1723 Connecticut Ave, NW

Sounds like they opened around January 4th. You can find more info on their Instagram account.

Side note that I keep forgetting to post: “Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021 to legalize the sale of adult-use cannabis and empower and uplift residents who have been disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of cannabis, specifically low-income communities of color.

“This is about safety, equity, and justice,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through this legislation, we can fulfill the will of DC voters, reduce barriers for entering the cannabis industry, and invest in programs that serve residents and neighborhoods hardest hit by the criminalization of marijuana.”

If passed by the end of 2021, adult-use cannabis sales could be expected to start by October 1, 2022. Adult-use cannabis and cannabis products would be restricted to persons 21 years old or older and be taxed at 17 percent. Since 2014, Congress has imposed a rider on DC’s appropriations bill, prohibiting DC from using any funds to implement and regulate adult-use cannabis sales in DC.

Key provisions of the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021:

Address Past Harms

Requires automatic expungement of records for certain cannabis convictions.
Reinvests cannabis sales tax revenue into targeted wards and programs to benefit those who have been disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of cannabis.
$1M in FY23 and $2M in FY24 and subsequent years in start-up assistance–financial and technical–for social equity applicants and returning citizens.
$500K to the Aspire to Entrepreneurship Program for returning citizens.

Reduce Barriers

Allows all returning citizens and DC residents with a criminal background to obtain a worker’s or manager’s license to work at a cannabis business.
Allows all returning citizens and DC residents with cannabis convictions to own a cannabis business.

Enhance Public Health and Safety

Creates a safe, legal marketplace, not concentrated in any one part of the city, where cannabis will not be cross-sold with more dangerous drugs, and driving down the demand for illegal drugs which causes violence in DC neighborhoods.
Requires all cannabis sold to be tested by an independent testing facility, within 60-days following an independent testing facility being licensed in DC. Cannabis and cannabis products would be tested for contaminants and potency.
Extricates guns from the industry by prohibiting them in cannabis facilities.
Implements stringent advertising, branding, and product placement rules and regulations to minimize exposing minors to cannabis.

Create Pathways to Middle Class

Expands job and business opportunities for DC residents by requiring at least 60% of licensed employees and owners of each license be DC residents.
Awards preference points for certain cannabis business applications for returning citizens or DC residents arrested or convicted of a cannabis offense or to a cannabis certified business enterprise or veteran owned business enterprises.
Creates a microbusiness license to allow small businesses to enter the cannabis market.
Creates a cannabis third party social equity delivery license for social equity applicants who would have exclusive rights to conduct deliveries for on-premises retailers and microbusiness for the first two (2) years.
$500K in business development support for microbusinesses, including non-cannabis businesses, with five or fewer employees located in Wards 7/8 whose residents of those wards comprise 50%+ of the ownership.

Invests in DC Residents

Directs additional funds to programs serving persons and neighborhoods most harmed by cannabis prohibition.
$1M in FY23 and $2M in FY24 and subsequent years to award grants to locally disadvantaged certified business enterprises to open/expand sit-down restaurants in Wards 7/8.
$250K in FY23/$500K in FY24 and subsequent years for the Healthy Food Retail Program to provide grant support for small grocery stores in Wards 7/8.
$3M in FY23 and $6M in FY24 and subsequent years for school supplies, equipment, and afterschool sports and activities for students attending public schools in Wards 5/7/8.
Additional funds towards low income or affordable housing programs and initiatives.”

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