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Medical marijuana now available in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Medical marijuana is now available in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reports that Capital City Care sold the city’s first medical marijuana on Monday, 15 years after voters approved a legalization initiative.

Congressional intervention blocked implementation for more than a decade, but once restrictions were lifted in 2009 the District government carefully set up a regulatory and licensing regime, aiming to avoid federal intervention. Access to medical marijuana is limited to city residents with specific chronic illnesses.

D.C. Health Department spokeswoman Najma Roberts says as of Monday, nine patients have obtained a city-issued medical marijuana card and about 20 doctors have requested forms that allow them to recommend it.