In 1998 voters in the District of Columbia approved the compassionate use of medical cannabis by an overwhelming 69% majority. However with patients being restricted from cultivating their own plants and no dispensaries in place, Washington DC allowed the use of medical marijuana, however no one was able to obtain it. Fortunately in 2010 a bill was passed which allowed up to 8 medical marijuana distribution centers to be set up in the city, to dispense medication to patients. Patients are still, however, not allowed to grow their own. Patients who are diagnosed with any of the following conditions will qualify for the use of medical marijuana:
Washington DC has enacted a statute that allows medical marijuana patients who qualify as low-income individuals to obtain their medical cannabis at a reduced-cost from the normal price. In the District of Columbia cannabis patients are permitted to possess and use up to 2 ounces of marijuana. They are not allowed to cultivate their own cannabis, however. For more information regarding the use of medical marijuana in the District of Columbia please contact:
For individuals found to be in possession of any amount of marijuana in the District of Columbia, they will face a misdemeanor charge, up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Those caught selling, distributing or cultivating less than half of a pound as a first offense face up to 6 months jail time and a $1,000 fine. The penalty is not classified. For any amount or as a second offense individuals can face the possibility of 5 years behind bars and a $50,000 fine. No penalty is set with regards to misdemeanor or felony.
How much more can this country be even more openly hypocritical and how long will the American people continue to fall for their Laws 'of Illusion' so THEY/Gov. can continue to benefit AND profit off the American Citizens and get them to focus/be distracted with the media's drama stories of celebrities, billionaires & politicians; news stories on American Idol and Dancing With The Stars instead more about the quake in Japan or the possibility of radiation spreading to the US or the hundreds of lives being killed due to casualties of war in other countries....
How is our Nation's Capitol going to pass a law to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within 500-1000 feet of where the Nation's Politicians work and UPHOLD FEDERAL LAW AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA???... Hmmm, maybe because nearly half of our politicians are really pro-cannabis but unable to say publicly because of their career status or because they're being supported/funded by the big companies paying to keep marijuana illegal (such as lumber, cotton, paper industries etc.)
Let's not forget about the fact that the Federal DEA, in D.C. Headquarters where they upholding & enforcing the federal law against marijuana, approved medical marijuana for patients SO THEY CAN ACCEPT FEDERAL TAX MONEY WHILE FINDING A WAY TO IMPRISON YOU, it is only a matter of time till people start feel like they are being set up to get jacked.
I have to admit that I hope I am wrong and maybe instead we will see marijuana becoming legal under federal law real soon...