The District is being sued by two teams of residents who mentioned town is permitting hashish dispensaries to open too shut to colleges.

A gaggle of Northwest D.C. residents, in addition to considered one of D.C.’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, goes to court docket to cease new hashish dispensaries from opening up, saying the areas they’ve chosen are too shut to colleges and town isn’t listening to their considerations.

The case has been appealed to the D.C. Court of Appeals and was filed by a gaggle known as 1,000 Feet, which is made up of residents in D.C.’s Palisades neighborhood, in addition to ANC-2C.

“We wish to shield D.C. children from pointless publicity to medicine,” mentioned Lucy Sullivan, talking on behalf of 1,000 Feet. “We don’t imagine that marijuana shops ought to function throughout the road or subsequent door to colleges, and the D.C. authorities has been permitting that. And we predict it’s an actual hazard to children and communities.”

Currently, town requires 300 toes of distance between hashish dispensaries and faculties or day care services, however there are some loopholes within the legislation. Sullivan mentioned even 300 toes is simply too lenient, and mentioned town ought to abide by the 1,000 toes rule described within the Federal Drug Free School Zone Act, which prohibits the sale of unlawful medicine inside 1,000 toes of public or non-public faculties.

“There is federal legislation that has been put in place to guard youngsters, to make sure their security and their well being. And we predict that the D.C. authorities must abide by that legislation,” mentioned Sullivan.

Efforts to protest the license for Green Theory, the dispensary at the moment open and working on MacArthur Boulevard NW, have been thrown out by D.C.’s Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis Administration (ABCA) for lack of standing.

“They wish to have the appropriate to protest and the appropriate to be heard,” mentioned Mark Lytle, who’s suing D.C. on behalf of ANC-2C, which is making an attempt to cease a dispensary from opening up within the Penn Quarter neighborhood.

He mentioned within the case of the 1,000 Feet group, they have been stymied as a result of they lacked the help from their native ANC.

“We haven’t had a voice on this course of. So the method itself additionally wants to vary,” mentioned Sullivan. “We imagine that the youngsters and communities deserve a voice and a say on this, and we’re hoping that the courts will agree.”

Lytle can be hoping the case might result in some federal intervention too.

“Congress has the authority to permit the Department of Justice to implement the 1,000-foot rule,” mentioned Lytle. “And we predict that perhaps this may convey some consideration to this difficulty and would possibly get some assist from congressional authors who’re writing any riders or issues that restrict the Department of Justice from taking some motion.”

Green Theory and the ABCA didn’t return calls and emails from WTOP for additional remark.

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