First Medical Marijuana Sale Reported in Washington, DC

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director July 30, 2013

    Voters in the District of Columbia approved Initiative 59, to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana, with 69% in favor in 1998. The effort was immediately put on hold after the US Congress passed the Barr Amendment, which prohibited Washington from using any of its funds for implementing its medical marijuana program. A decade later, in 2009, Congress finally overturned the amendment and the city could begin to implement the medical marijuana initiative in earnest. About four more years after that, the first sale of cannabis to a licensed medical patient occurred in the District of Columbia this week.

    On Monday evening, the first medical patient in the city was able to walking into Capital City Care, a dispensary located on North Capitol Street, and purchase their medicine.

    “After a couple of years of hard work, it’s exciting to open our doors and serve the patients our facility is really for,” Scott Morgan, communications director for Capital City Care, said to The Washington Post, “This is a moment we’ve all been looking forward to for a long time.”

    Capital City Care is the first of three dispensaries expected to be open and operational in the near future, but despite this landmark moment, there is still work to be done before the system is fully functional and serving the needs of Washington’s patients in a sufficient manner.

    Currently only 8 patients have received their approved medical marijuana cards and only about 20 doctors have received the required paperwork from the city to join the program.

    NORML will keep you updated as the program moves forward. You can read media coverage from The Washington Post about this event here. You can view Capital City Care’s website here.

    15 responses to “First Medical Marijuana Sale Reported in Washington, DC”

    1. Julie Doyle says:

      I believe medicinal marijuana should be legalized in the State of WI, because it’s alot better than giving people who are chronically ill and suffer with daily pain opiates!!!

      Opiates are a heroin substitute that is very addictive even when being monitored on it and those medications have also ruined and takin many lives, whereas marijuana is a plant that grows from the ground n I’ve NEVER heard of anyone dying from it??!!

      We need to legalize THC!!

    2. Chris in WI says:

      2 words…

      Scott Walker

      We need to vote out the republicans to get any medical compassion in ths state!

    3. Growyourown says:

      Already ripping off needy patients. $250 for half oz! Street dealers win again. Move to Colorado. $150 oz EVERYWHERE!

    4. cindy says:

      All price need to be lower,

    5. Anonymous says:

      Michigan needs to get are dispenary open again

    6. Galileo Galilei says:

      The Barr Amendment always struck me as the most un-American, anti-democratic act I’ve witnessed since the days of segregation.

    7. BlazeNoregon says:

      In response to “growyourown”, you don’t have to go to Colorado for those prices. Oregon is the same, sometimes cheaper. It is the same whether street prices or at the dispensary. Washington state being legal has dropped prices quite a bit lately.

      Peace out

    8. Nathaniel says:

      Someone needed to be the first to roll in and request medicine. I am proud of said person.

    9. Growyourown says:

      @BlazeNoregon: Great response, expecting patients to pay $900-1000 a month for their medicine is so-Pharma. Especially something that’s so ‘dirt-cheap’ to grow once you’re ‘set-up’. Can’t wait until this ‘War’ is over! Legalization everywhere is our goal. Then we’ll see the many benefits this excellent plant, cannabis, has to offer. Blaze-on Oregon! And Washington State, too! Keep the Peace.

    10. Willy says:

      Greed, Power-hunger and ignorance know no political persuasion. Is there a list of Republicans, independents, and/or libertarians who endorse legalization? Starting with William F. Buckley, Jr. and Surgeon General Koop and New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.