D.C. Lawmakers May Require Discount to Low-Income Patients

Medical marijuana is legal in the District – but it doesn’t come cheap.

If you’re living on $800 or $900 a month, $420 for an ounce of marijuana is likely not something that is in your budget. And most patients need up to two ounces a month.

After a 10-year fight to get marijuana legalized for medical purposes in the city, there is a move among D.C. lawmakers to require city-regulated dispensaries to offer a 20-percent discount to low-income patients who have been prescribed the drug by a doctor.

Brian Smith’s uncle has been cleared by doctors to use medical marijuana. He says the drug is helpful, but the cost is steep:
“He would smoke and then he would have an appetite to eat. It’s for people who need it the most with chronic pains.”

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn owns and operates one of the three licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. It opened just three weeks ago and according to Kahn, many patients are struggling to pay for their monthly trips there.

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