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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.


Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

James is the first Jamaican author to win the prestigious literary award, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. It's based on a real 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley.
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Behind America's Seasonal Crush On Pumpkin

This year, a national shortage of the orange squash threatens to derail America's favorite seasonal obsession.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C.

Few writers and public intellectuals command an audience like one currently following Ta-Nehisi Coates. But long before Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.


Twitter's Suspension of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.

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