Medical marijuana is on sale in D.C.


“Alonzo,” the city’s first legal medical marijuana customer, displays his first purchase. Capital City Care currently offers four strains of medical cannabis, priced from $380 to $440 an ounce. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Fifteen years after voters first spoke up on the issue and more than three years after the D.C. Council moved to set up a regulatory framework, the District of Columbia recorded its first legal medical marijuana sale Monday evening. “Alonzo,” a 51-year-old HIV-positive Northwest resident, walked into the Capital City Care dispensary on North Capitol Street and walked out with about a half-ounce of the Blue Dream, Jack Herer and Master Kush strains, plus a $120 vaporizer. But it’s still going to be a while before the program gets its sea legs: The health department has granted only nine residents their necessary patient cards, and two other dispensaries have yet to open. And, with federal law enforcement officials yet to declare a coherent position on local marijuana legalization efforts, wary eyes now turn to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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