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Advocates Say Delays Come
At Cost To Patients

Patients in Washington, D.C., who are suffering from conditions such as cancer and HIV/AIDS will now be unnecessarily forced to wait even longer for relief, according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

Agencies tasked with overseeing D.C.’s recently approved medical marijuana law will not have the authority to begin licensing providers or accepting patient applications until January 1, 2011, according to a series of proposed regulations released Friday by Mayor Adrian Fenty and the City Administrator.

The District still needs to consider and license potential applicants to manage medical marijuana dispensaries before patients can legally obtain medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. Under the District’s law, qualified patients will only be allowed to legally use marijuana that comes from a licensed dispensary.


​If you’re a medical marijuana patient in Washington D.C., you may never be too broke to buy cannabis again, starting next year.

The District of Columbia, with one of the highest poverty levels in the country, has become the first place to pass a law discounting medical marijuana for low-income patients.
“The D.C. proposal to subsidize the cost of medical marijuana for low income patients is especially appropriate, and something that the other medical use states should consider,” said Keith Stroup, legal counsel for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
“With the cost of medical marijuana anywhere from $200 to $600 per ounce (and even higher at some dispensaries in California), there are many patients who simply cannot afford their medicine,” Stroup told Toke of the Town Thursday afternoon.

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​As the D.C. Council prepares to approve and enact amendments to a medical marijuana law first passed in 1998 by 69 percent of District of Columbia voters, advocates for sensible and compassionate medical cannabis programs remain concerned with several components of the current proposal.

“In crafting this legislation, the Council has been responsive to many concerns raised by the community, so we thank and congratulate them for their work thus far,” said Dan Riffle, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Still, a few amendments are needed in order to create a medical marijuana program that reflects the will of District voters.”


​Maryland’s Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 Monday night to pass SB 627, a bill that would provide qualified patients with safe access to medical marijuana and protection from arrest for using the medicine that works best for them.

The bill now moves to the full state Senate for consideration.
“This vote represents the biggest victory to date for supporters of an effective medical marijuana law in Maryland,” said Dan Riffle, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).