Washington, D.C. Prepares to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open in Washington, D.C. this summer, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Marijuana cultivation centers have begun to lease storefronts throughout Washington, the article notes. Residents will be able to purchase marijuana if they are diagnosed with HIV, cancer, glaucoma or other serious chronic or serious illnesses. They will be allowed to carry no more than 2 ounces, and will not be allowed to smoke marijuana in public or at dispensaries.

Medical marijuana is legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C. Medical marijuana was first approved by the city’s residents in 1998, but Congress rejected the ballot measure. In 2010, Congress agreed to stop blocking the measure.

Last July, The U.S. Justice Department announced that medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers located in states with medical marijuana laws are not immune from prosecution for violation of federal drug and money-laundering laws.

The Justice Department memo followed warning letters from the federal government to officials in several states including Washington, California, Colorado, Montana and Rhode Island about medical marijuana laws. The letters from U.S. attorneys indicated that people involved in the growing, dispensing and regulating of medical marijuana have the potential to be prosecuted—even if they are following state laws.

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    May 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Isn’t it funny that something as beneficial as marijuna is, has been illegal for so long. While one of the most detramental drugs around is legally sold in groceries, bars and restaurants world wide. Odd isn’t it.

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    Ken Wolski

    March 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Congress blocked this initiative for 12 years. In 1998, Congress refused to even allow the votes to be counted because exit polls showed the D.C. medical marijuana initiative would pass. What a disgrace to the democratic process…

    Here in NJ we have another disgrace with the Christie administration refusing to enact the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act going on three years now. This, despite the fact that 86% of NJ voters approve of medical marijuana. These are just more examples of Drug War Exceptions to Democracy.

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    March 23, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    good, it is about time too, people people people, whether you like it or not, cannabis is a very important medicine… i have seen its anti cancer properties in action, can we really block this…put your hand on your heart and say you truly wish to block a possible cure for cancer…the list of possible medical uses is long enough to fill a book…if you lot really really want to stop drugs then drop the anti pot attitude and focus on hard drugs, tell me why Holland has one of the lowest rates in the world for hard drug addiction, then Portugal, had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, now it has dropped by HALF plus…we have all been lied to, it is time to look at the truth.

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    Jay Bee

    March 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Once again the government/Congress prevents medical patients that are in PAIN & SUFFERING people for two years trying to block the passing of this law. The same government that funded a study on Cannabis in hopes to find research that THC is harmful, but when the university finds where the opposite, in fact they discovered that the THC in Cannabis KILLS CANCER. And then our government shuts down ALL research and squashes the report. That is flat out CAPITAL MURDER by their denial and prevention of research. Oh by the way, O might GOD speaks of Cannabis in the bible, he did give us this seed, Didn’t he?…They wore cloths from HEMP.

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