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Medical Marijuana Bill Approved by D.C. Council

Medical Marijuana Bill Approved by D.C. Council

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/19/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

There are currently 14 states with medical marijuana laws, and on 4/20, Washington D.C. became extremely close to joining that list. Today the D.C. Council voted unanimously on a medical marijuana bill, which allows seriously ill patients who obtain a doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for medical reasons.

The bill will allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV or a “chronic lasting disease” to posses up to 2 ounces of pot per month, given they have a doctor’s recommendation.  Similar to the law recently passed in New Jersey, patients in D.C. would not be allowed to grow their own medicine. Rather, Washington D.C.’s medical marijuana law would set up between 5 and 8 city-sanctioned pot distribution centers for patients to purchase medical marijuana from.

The bill also outlined specific provisions for the pot distribution centers as well as the cultivation centers that would supply the marijuana: they cannot be located within 300 feet of a school or preschool, they will be operated by private or nonprofit organizations and businesses that would obtain a license from the city, and cultivation centers can only grow up to 95 marijuana plants at a time.

The vote today was a preliminary vote and a second vote is scheduled for next month, which will send the national debate over medical marijuana before Congress. Congress will get 30 days to review the legislation before it becomes law.

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