Coming soon to a dispensary near you — or at least one on North Capitol Street. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Medical marijuana is closer to reality than ever in the District of Columbia: City officials said in a town hall meeting Wednesday night that certificates of occupancy have been granted to one cultivation center and one dispensary, raising the real possibility that qualified patients might be legally medicating themselves in the early months of the new year. That milestone, DCist notes, comes only 14 years after city residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Still, bottlenecks abound, including the single licensed growing site, limited to 95 plants, and the short list of 110 D.C. doctors willing to prescribe it — a small portion of the city’s medical community.

In other news:

OCFO hearing turns into close examination of the lottery contract and Jim Graham (PostExaminerWRC-TV)

Jack Evans: “I don’t have that crazy feeling that Nat Gandhi should resign” (Examiner)

Criminal investigation into Kwame Brown campaign ends with brother’s guilty plea (PostLoose LipsExaminerWBJDCist)

Federal appeals court decision portends concealed carry for D.C. (WaTimes)

Streetcar tests begin in spring, officials say (DCistWAMU-FMGGW)

Time to allow wrongfully convicted Santae Tribble to move on with his life (Post editorial)

Muriel Bowser is the $350,000 candidate (D.C. Wire)

Behold the $734 million office building (Capital Business)

D.C. students’ health test scores are good news, officials say (Post)

Sekou Biddle is still undecided on DCision 2013 (DCist)

City building: IT’S ALIVE, sort of (Post)

Mary Cheh moves emergency legislation restricting campaign money orders (Examiner)

United Medical Center CEO hangs on for a little bit longer (WBJ)

The case against raw school choice (GGW)

Nationals TV rights are in play (Post)

City reopens food truck commenting after 1,128 comments go missing (All We Can Eat)

Are “furtive movements” enough to justify a drug search? Yes and no (Legal Times)

At last: A stop-free ride from eastbound Southeast Freeway to northbound 295 (JDLand)

Progress: Wholly innocuous D.C. courts bill passes Congress (Legal Times)

Why it’s important to keep the FBI in D.C. (Post letter)