Making History: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Washington D.C

Category: Media & Culture / Aug 02, 2013 9:26AM EDT

Fifteen years after the District’s medical marijuana law was passed Medical marijuana became available to residents in the District of Columbia; the law was first passed by voters in 1998 but was stalled in Congress for 12 years preventing the law.

But not everyone has access the medical marijuana. It’s reserved to only serve people suffering from serious conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

The General Manager of Capitol Care David Guard said that the opening of the dispensary in the U.S Capitol was a special time:

"It was a very exciting time. Making that first sale to a patient, it’s different maybe than others in business would have experienced. Everybody remembers their first sale but because we've waited so long and worked so hard to get to this point, it was extra special. And that first patient, they really coveted that moment, as did we."

The District of Columbia has now approved six cultivation centers to grow medical marijuana, as well as three dispensaries to dispense medical marijuana to patients approved by the Department of Health.


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