The District’s Department of Health finally released patient application forms for medical marijuana on Tuesday—the last hurdle for patients seeking the substance. Now, medical marijuana dispensaries could be open and operating as early as next week, says Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn.
It’s been a long and frustrating journey for Kahn, who founded medical marijuana dispensary the Takoma Wellness Center in April 2011. He’s been renting the property ever since, he says, at a significant financial burden. He’s devoted his full-time attention to establishing the dispensary but has yet to treat any patients.
“Nothing else needs to be done,” says Kahn in a phone call. “It’s been long. We’ve been patient. We’re delighted we’re near the end.”
The forms allow patients to register for a medical marijuana license with a doctor’s recommendation and a fee of $100. The sum might seem high but is pretty standard among the 17 states that also permit medical marijuana use. In Nevada, New Jersey, and Oregon, the cards actually cost $200. In D.C., qualifying patients or caregivers whose income is equal to or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level—or $22,980 per year—will only have to pay $25.00 to register. Due to federal laws, insurance does not cover the cards—or the marijuana.
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