Washington, D.C.'s Medical Marijuana Law Still Not In Force

11:28 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) --- The Washington Guardian posted Thursday a video from Barack Obama's senate race in Illinois where the candidate said " I think we need to re-think our marijuana laws but I'm not somebody who believes in legalization."

That was in 2004.

"From November, 2011, through today, there have been more medical marijuana dispensaries busted under the Obama Administration than in eight years of George Bush's administration, said Allen St. Pierre, the Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

"I think the reason why this happened is for triangulation, that Obama was not going to go into this presidency, going into this election with his opponents hanging him out to dry as allowing marijuana to be come legal on his watch," St. Pierre told 9News Now.

As the Obama Administration made those arrests, the DC government has been struggling to fully implement a medical marijuana law passed and signed in 2010.

Asked when the bureaucratic details allowing the law to operate would be resolved, DC Health Department officials predicted in July, 2011 that the law would be operating by May, 2012. It is still not in effect, dispensaries still not selling product to patients whose doctors believe they need it.

"If the cultivators are not able to sell their product to the dispensaries while they are waiting for them to open, that means that that product that they have is going to eventually go up in price because they have to cover their added cost.

"When the dispensaries do buy it at a higher prices, that means that the dispensary then, in turn, is, again, going to have to sell that product at a higher prices to vulnerable adults.

"We're talking about sick people and their health insurance isn't going to be covering the cost,so what we could possibly end up with is, we could possibly end up with the case that the medical marijuana from the dispensaries would be more expensive than what these individuals could find it on the street," said Matt Doherty of Garden Resources of Washington.

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