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D.C.'s Medical Marijuana Program Off To Slow Start

Capital City Care is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open under the District's new program.
Chris Chester
Capital City Care is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open under the District's new program.

Advocates for medical marijuana in D.C. say the city's strict rules are having a chilling effect on the use of the drug.

City health officials told a D.C. Council committee that just 59 patients have registered to buy marijuana since the drug became available for medical purposes in July. Just over half of those have HIV or AIDS.

Owners of the city's medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries say they are losing money. They also told the council that patients and doctors are afraid to participate because they don't want to break federal law.

The city only allows medical marijuana use for patients with HIV or AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and conditions like multiple sclerosis that cause severe muscle spasms.

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What The African American History Museum Means to D.C.'s Black Community

This weekend, D.C. celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kojo chats with the civil rights leader and longtime city council member who chaired the D.C. host committee.

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Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats

As the baseball season enters the homestretch, Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast shares obscure baseball stats and somewhat dubious accomplishments with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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4 Things To Watch At The First Presidential Debate

Which Donald Trump will show up? That's one of several unknowns that will determine the outcome of tonight's debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Putting The Patient At The Center Of Local Healthcare

From "concierge" services to iPads connecting new parents with their babies in the nursery, Kojo explores some of the patient-centered ideas coming from healthcare innovation labs at local hospitals.

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