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  D.C.'s First Dispensary Slated To Open in April
Posted by CN Staff on February 15, 2013 at 17:00:47 PT
By Carly Schwartz 
Source: Huffington Post 

medical Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana has been legal in Washington, D.C., for more than two years, and this spring, patients will finally be able to benefit. The district's first dispensary, Capital City Care, hopes to open its doors to the public at the beginning of April, according to WJLA. General manager David Guard assured reporters that his business will adhere to the strictest laws in the nation.

"The receptionist will double check your ID, issued by the Department of Health, against their database," Guard told WJLA. "I am very excited. This is a dream come true."

Though medical marijuana officially became legal in D.C. in January 2011, an arduous permitting process has delayed any dispensaries from opening until now. In addition to Capital City Care, city officials have approved three pot shops and six growing facilities. Residents with specific conditions--as recommended by a doctor--will be able to purchase up to two ounces a month.

Guard noted that not only will his store help sick patients, but, in WJLA's words, he also hopes it will "help clean up a blighted neighborhood." The dispensary, located at 1334 North Capitol St. NW, will be well equipped with security cameras and biometric locks.

In recent years, medical marijuana has become a contentious national issue, as the plant remains illegal on a federal level. The Justice Department has continued to crack down on states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, especially in California, where hundreds of dispensaries have been forced to shut down over the past year and a half.

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske recently acknowledged that the Obama administration, which previously claimed it would not go after medical marijuana in states that had legalized it, should establish a clear policy.

"The administration has not done a particularly good job of one, talking about marijuana as a public health issue," he told Canada's Maclean's Magazine earlier this month, "and number two, talking about what can be done and where we should be headed on our drug policy."

Obama has yet to signal whether he will go after medical marijuana operations in D.C.

Source: Huffington Post (NY)
Author: Carly Schwartz
Published: February 15, 2013
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on February 16, 2013 at 15:03:35 PT
The GCW
Thank you. It's good to know someone does... and you are one of my favorite someones. Thanks.

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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on February 16, 2013 at 11:34:23 PT
Hope,
I hear You.

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Comment #2 posted by Hope on February 16, 2013 at 10:39:13 PT
Finally! I'm thankful that people have access
in D.C. now. They've been abused by the government there for a very long time now.

I so wish it was legal here in Texas. I wish it was legal everywhere. As most of you know I had breast cancer a couple of years ago. My doctors are worried about it coming back somewhere else. My oncologist said she's "thrown everything at it that's available to her... and she has nothing else". And she has done everything she legally can. She's poisoned it with deadly chemicals. She's cut it out and she's burned the flesh around where it was with radiation.

It's not like most breast cancers that you can take that drug that comes from the fungus in those caves or the one from certain evergreen trees. It was the triple negative kind. Hormone negative. Vitamin D... that's about it, at least as far as legal is concerned but I have read that cannabinoids can be effective in guarding against and even treating breast cancer. We know that it doesn't help against every kind of cancer, sadly, other than helping with the pain and emotional upheaval. But breast cancer is one that cannabinoids do seem to be effective against in studies.

Doc said the kind I had was an especially "bad actor". I'm scared a bit. I might move to a legal state, but my whole family can't and I have responsibilities here. It really makes me sad that government is doing this to me and other people. I have a friend that has the glioma type brain tumors. Hers, like many, is inoperable. There's nothing to do but suffer and die. Gliomas are also one of the tumor types that cannabinoids have been helpful, in other countries, at fighting. But the powerful busy bodies say, "No". I don't know why. They don't either. But they say it anyway, and maybe babble something about "the children"... which is nothing but fear mongering gobbledy gook.

If it was legal here, at least I could try. I could "throw" something else at it. I could have another weapon to maybe help me fend it off.

Someday, I believe, doctors will be able to directly inject certain cannabinoids into tumors and the tumors will shrivel up and disappear, and the patient won't be poisoned or actually, often, poisoned to death, as they are now. Wow. That would be so nice. It will happen some day.

But freaking busy bodies afraid of someone else... they don't have to... using a plant have the power in this state and at the Fed's level, to prevent me, or anyone, from accessing that help.

They'll let me have the deadly poison medicines if it comes back... and they'll let me be cut up and burned with radiation... but they won't let me have an herb that would help with the pain, which I still have, and maybe provide me some protection from it slipping up on me again.

People might abuse it? Whatever. I don't even know what they mean when they spout that crap. But I do know they are abusing people by not allowing people to use the herb cannabis. Let people abuse a plant, for heaven's sake... but stop abusing people over the plant!

If there ever really is a real Judgment Day, I have no doubt that prohibitionists are going to have a lot to answer for and they will be ashamed. Terribly ashamed. As they should be.

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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on February 16, 2013 at 07:51:20 PT
"treatment” in DC
Will Virginia and Maryland residents be able to get “treatment” in DC?

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