Gray Finalizes Medical Marijuana Details
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Gray Finalizes Medical Marijuana Details
Posted by CN Staff on April 15, 2011 at 15:41:47 PT
By Freeman Klopott, Examiner Staff Writer
Source: Washington Examiner 
Washington, D.C. -- D.C. Mayor Vince Gray officially proposed on Thursday the rules to govern the dispensing and growing the drug in the District. The mayor can't move forward with the plans until either the D.C. Council gives its approval or 90 days have passed since Gray's proposal. Once one of those has happened, Gray can assemble the five-member panel that will review and approve the applications for the 10 growing centers and five dispensaries the rules call for.
The D.C. Department of Health will then run the medical marijuana system.Gray said Thursday that he hopes Congress doesn't try to kill the city's marijuana program.Medical marijuana, and all local laws, "ought to decisions that are made by the District of Columbia," Gray said. District voters approved medical marijuana in 1999. It wasn't until two years ago that Congress allowed the District to move forward with it. Since then, city officials have been hammering out the details. Mayor Adrian Fenty published regulations last fall that put the city's alcohol board in charge of the medical pot program. The D.C. Council held off on approving the rules so that Gray, and not Fenty, would appoint the members of the panel, council sources have told The Washington Examiner. In January, Gray said he was reviewing the rules Fenty proposed and would likely put the department of health in charge rather than the alcohol board. At the time, the decision frustrated medical marijuana advocates who said they wanted the alcohol board in charge because it was already set up to regulate the system. Dan Riffle, a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, told The Examiner on Thursday that the health department has been working with the alcohol board to understand how to effectively monitor the selling of medical marijuana."We're just happy it's finally moving forward," Riffle said.Sidebar: D.C.'s Pot Plan: * 5 dispensaries * 10 cultivation centers * Open only to patients with HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma or multiple sclerosis * No age limit, although minors must have parental approval to fill a prescription Source: Washington Examiner (DC)Author: Freeman Klopott, Examiner Staff Writer Published: April 14, 2011Copyright: 2011 Washington ExaminerContact: threads dcexaminer.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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