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Fifteen years after the District voted to legalize medical marijuana, the first patients are just starting to fill prescriptions at dispensaries throughout the city. But wide access to the drug has been stymied by restrictive regulations that were designed to keep Congress from interfering with the program. Now, medical marijuana advocates are working with the District government to broaden the definition of who qualifies and clear some of the stigmas and hurdles that often prevent doctors from prescribing marijuana to patients. (The medical marijuana effort is separate from a push to legalize or decriminalize recreational marijuana use in the District.)
On Monday, about three dozen hopeful marijuana patients gathered at an information session with the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access and the District’s marijuana dispensaries. They discussed the paperwork involved in getting a prescription, how to talk to a doctor about medical pot, and where the District is in making medical marijuana accessible to those who need it. Here’s a look at where we are.
25 District residents who have a license to obtain medical marijuana
40 Residents who have applied for a license
4 Medical conditions that qualify for marijuana treatment in the District (cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDs, and severe muscle spasms, which can include multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s) 3 Medical marijuana dispensaries open for business in the District
Maximum number marijuana plants each dispensary can grow
3 Number of cultivation centers growing pot in the District
13 Customers of dispensary Capital City Care
4 Strains of pot available at Capital City Care (Master Kush, OG Kush, Jack Here, Blue Dream)
$380/ounce Price of Blue Dream, the cheapest strain at Capital City Care
$440/ounce Price of Jack Herer, the priciest strain at Capital City Care
Medical Marijuana photo via Shutterstock