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May 5, 2010

DC Okays Medical Marijuana Use

On Tuesday, city councilors in Washington voted unanimously to allow the U.S. capital to join 14 states in allowing medical marijuana to be used to treat certain chronically ill patients.

Physicians will now be able to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from illnesses like HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.  The new law has to be signed by Mayor Adrian Fenty and then survive a 30-day period of review by Congress before taking effect.

Mike Meno of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) envisions there to be no problems with Congress passing Washington's medical marijuana law.

Meno told the AFP news agency that up to eight licensed dispensaries would be set up for patients to get their marijuana.

The dispensaries would then get their marijuana from licensed growers in the capital, each of which will be allowed up to 95 plants at indoor facilities.

"DC's law doesn't allow personal cultivation," Meno added.

MPP said that ballot initiatives in November in South Dakota and Arizona will ask voters to choose whether or not to allow medical marijuana in their states.  The MPP is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the U.S.

Another dozen states are considering the same laws.

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