Opening of D.C. MMJ Dispensaries Delayed
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Opening of D.C. MMJ Dispensaries Delayed
Posted by CN Staff on June 03, 2013 at 09:53:39 PT
By Eric P. Newcomer, The Washington Examiner
Source: Washington Examiner
Washington -- D.C. marijuana dispensaries thought they'd be open a month ago, but a slow-moving District Department of Health still needs to give doctors the authority to recommend marijuana to their patients."If you drove by now you'd see the signs are up and everything is ready -- except the doors are locked," said Rabbi Jeff Kahn, owner of the Takoma Wellness Center on Blair Road in Northwest Washington. Two marijuana dispensaries and three cultivation centers have been approved by the District. Kahn has rented the property since April 2011 and said it's been fully ready to go since the beginning of May.
"It's been a very long experience, and it is kind of frustrating," he said. "We're still getting over the fact that it didn't happen in May. We certainly think it's going to be the beginning of June." So if you are suffering from Crohn's disease or one of the other illnesses that qualify a patient for medical marijuana use, you're going to have to wait a bit longer.A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said marijuana dispensaries would likely open in the middle of June."I believe the executive has been slow on just about everything," said Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells. "I don't want to over-politicize this, but my general feeling is there just has been molasses poured over the government -- it's not just this."Wells, who is running for mayor, is also working with Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry to draft legislation to decriminalize marijuana.The mayor's office said it is merely trying to thoughtfully address how it handles marijuana in the District."We prefer to get things right rather than rush for appearance's sake," Pedro Ribeiro, Mayor Vincent Gray's spokesman, wrote in an email. "The mayor has repeatedly said we need to get this program up and running properly, before we consider moving beyond it."The Department of Health said it still needs to approve doctors who can recommend marijuana to patients in the District before dispensaries can open.For his part, Kahn said he had talked to doctors who had requested forms to apply for the certification, but had not received them yet.A spokeswoman for the health department on Friday said doctors had received applications.The District's medical marijuana laws limits the amount of marijuana that cultivators can grow and restricts the number of dispensaries that can sell it. Adam Bierman, president of the medical marijuana consulting company Medmen, said the District regulations will severely restrict the business in D.C."I don't see how it will ever actually take any real foothold until there are some updates," he said.The District approved medical marijuana with a referendum in 1998. Twelve years later, the D.C. Council approved legislation meant to move ahead the implementation of medical marijuana.Source: Washington Examiner (DC)Author: Eric P. Newcomer, The Washington ExaminerPublished: June 2, 2013Copyright: 2013 Washington ExaminerContact: threads dcexaminer.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Swazi-X on June 04, 2013 at 14:33:22 PT
Regulations, Requirements, Restrictions.
Apparently cannabis is such a dangerous drug that doctors who already prescribe oxy, vicoden, morphine, and all those fun little anti-depressants and mood stabilizers that almost every time comes with the pesky side effects of suicide must all apply for even further scrutiny when merely recommending a person might try some cannabis. And you doubt we live in a police state at this point?This whole charade surrounding the availability and politics and finances of allowing people to use a plant that's been in vital to our survival for over 10,000 years - all without a single overdose death - is theater to appease the morons who still believe the government lies about the dangers cannabis poses. Our government is doing everything it can to avoid having to answer for the lies they've repeated for over 80 years. Science has shown every single stinking claim the feds have ever made about cannabis to be dishonest and entirely without base in reality, often by their own research that conveniently gets censored or just never released. That's the extent of the criminality our government is guilty of where cannabis is concerned.Instead of coming clean and acting to "let science inform policy" like the Head Liar in Chief promised, they're LYING to keep their previous LIES from being noticed. And if the lies are noticed - and most of us have noticed - they just use force and coercion and more deception to persecute whomever calls them out on it. Whack-A-Mole it's called, with a chuckle, as another citizen is railroaded from believing we actually have a democracy straight into jail and a ruined life for acting on that belief.Cannabis is the shining example of where our version of democracy (which is merely capitalism with a flag apparently) has failed and allowed profit to gain the advantage over common sense, public health, the preservation of our environment, the will of the majority, and the facts of science. Even when we change the law by direct vote, our masters sweep in on the back end and whenever possibly gut the laws we've passed to keep things as they are - potheads as fodder for this insane for-profit prison system. The big secret: Eating fresh cannabis does not get you high, but it has vast health benefits. No smoking, no "kit" or culture or hip-hop or dreadlocks, no psychoactivity at all - just throw a small handful of fresh flowers (never dried or heated) into a smoothie and you feel younger. And - on the plus side - thc shows up in your urine, even though YOU CANNOT GET HIGH from it (fresh cannabis has THCA - acidic, non-psychoactive form of delta-9TCH).This is the game changer - it destroys every single objection to the use of cannabis for health and medicine, and also makes testing for THC on the job unnecessary and misleading - since the employee didn't necessarily smoke/get high/become "impared" even if THC shows in their blood. Suck it feds.I can't wait to hear what lies our government comes up with to counter this little bit of science...
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