Pot bust?

October 22, 2013

Since patient “Alonzo” picked up D.C.’s first legal dose of medical marijuana in late July, business has been slow. (Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

In the first three months of the District’s medical marijuana industry, business has hardly been gangbusters. A D.C. Council hearing Monday, Aaron Davis reports in the Post, revealed that only 59 patients have legally registered to buy legal cannabis. The upshot: “The city’s pioneering dispensaries say they are losing money; doctors remain fearful to write prescriptions; and patients with HIV or cancer who may legally obtain the drug say they have been stymied by lengthy applications and warnings that the purchases remain illegal under federal law.” Industry supporters want fixes — starting with an expanded list of eligible medical conditions and more outreach to the doctors who write recommendations.

In other news:

Only 59 D.C. residents can legally use medical marijuana (PostWashingtonianWaTimesDCist)

GWU lied for years about having a “need-blind” admissions policy (HatchetWTOP)

Public schools are the only thing standing between D.C. millennials and bliss (Post)

Whole Foods finally inks lease for New Jersey Avenue SE development (UrbanTurf)

Lots of window-shopping on D.C. health exchange so far (WBJWRC-TVDCist)

Officials push ahead with power-line burial plan (DofDWJLA-TVWTTG-TV)

IMPACT study’s findings “validate” the Michelle Rhee/Kaya Henderson agenda (Post editorial)

Soccer stadium skeptics lay out their game plan (Capital Business)

SEIU exec would prefer council kept its oversight of contracts (Post letter)

Bike bill gets mayoral signature (WABAHousing Complex)

Doug Jemal, D.C. Preservation League plan to recreate the historic Uline Arena Beatles show in February (GOG)

Sticky Rice gets harsh liquor license suspension, will close for two weeks in November (Barred in DCPoPville)

Federal case in New York could maybe perhaps undermine D.C.’s rent control law (Housing Complex)

Use of gun parts at gun-control event turns into a thing (WaTimes)

Two D.C. cops will go on trial for K Street nightclub assault (WTTG-TV)

Why raising the minimum wage for tipped workers makes sense (DCFPI)

It’s a race in Ward 6 (Informer)

Lamenting the demise of Youth Court (HuffPo)

Metro settles post-crash claim against its insurance broker (WTOP)

Could be quite a while before the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel reopens (WBJ)

NCPC reschedules Height Act hearing for Oct. 30 (WBJ)

Who are these bozos who robbed Maury Elementary (WTTG-TV)

WAMU-FM’s general manager is leaving for Seattle (WAMU-FM)

HPRB staff report opposes hotel redevelopment plans for Cissy Patterson house (WBJ)

What if Rem Koolhaas rebuilt the MLK Library? (Housing Complex)

Go to a house history workshop, learn how many people died in your home! (Post column)

There will be no Ghost Ship Barry this year (@GarberDC)

Behold the garish interior of D.C.’s narrowest house (Curbed)

The D.C. Scandal are women’s Ultimate Frisbee national champions (Hill Rag)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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