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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.

District residents who have a license to obtain medical marijuana

Residents who have applied for a license

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)
Medical marijuana dispensaries open for business in the District


Maximum number marijuana plants each dispensary can grow

Number of cultivation centers growing pot in the District

Customers of dispensary Capital City Care

Strains of pot available at Capital City Care (Master Kush, OG Kush, Jack Here, Blue Dream)

Price of Blue Dream, the cheapest strain at Capital City Care

Price of Jack Herer, the priciest strain at Capital City Care

Medical Marijuana photo via Shutterstock