WTOP radio is reporting that after a 3 year wait, D.C. will finally announce the location of 5 medical marijuana cultivation centers at a press conference this Friday. Meanwhile, in Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has vowed to veto any medical marijuana bill that lands on his desk.
Under D.C. law, doctors can write “recommendations” for medical marijuana, but cannot “prescribe” it, because the feds have declared that marijuana officially provides no medical benefits. In Maryland, O’Malley wimped out when the feds threatened to arrest state employees distributing marijuana under any Maryland state program.
Nevertheless, grass-roots efforts across the nation have a forced politicians to acknowledge that marijuana does provide medical benefits to the seriously ill. In the District, doctors can recommend marijuana for those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, glaucoma and other serious conditions.
The five new grow houses are expected to be located in Wards 5, 7 & 8. Medical marijuana can only be smoked in the patient’s home. It will remain illegal to use medical marijuana in any other public or private space. Authorized patients will be limited to a maximum two-ounce quantity at any one time, to prevent further distribution.