Washington, D.C. has just officially cleared six companies to begin growing medical marijuana for patients in the District. The Department of Health today notified these six applicants, finally clearing the way for an approved and tightly regulated system of medical cannabis cultivation and dispersion in our nation's capitol. Washington, D.C. voters approved the program in 1998.
The "Walmart of Weed" is set to open in Washington D.C. on Friday. It will coincide with the city's eligibility announcement for medical marijuana growing and selling permits.
The store opening, weGrow, isn't a dispensary, nor is it a grow-collective. Rather, it's an outlet store for all things marijuana - just without the marijuana. "weGrow is not unlike a typical retailer in mainstream America," says the Huffington Post, "with towering shelves of plant food and vitamins, ventilation and lighting systems." The store also plans on scheduling classes on different growing topics.
One California attorney specializing in health care might be onto something important. Toke of the Town talked to Matthew Pappas, J.D. of Pappas Law Group in Long Beach, California about how a Washington D.C. ruling can effect the entire country's access to medical marijuana.
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DCist has a story up about AIDS activist Antonio Davis which has to be read to be believed. Davis and 11 other protestors were arrested while protesting AIDS/HIV budget cuts outside the ceremonial office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. While this sort of arrest is usually not a big deal, a failed drug test is threatening Davis with a trial and jailtime.