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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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'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.
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Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.
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Two Transportation Bills Are Part Of Maryland Governor's Slate Of Vetoes

Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed five bills, including one concerning a bridge on U.S. 301, and another that would increase oversight of the state's transit agency.

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Hokule'a, The Hawaiian Canoe Traveling The World By A Map Of The Stars

A voyaging canoe built to revive the centuries-old tradition of Hawaiian exploration is circumnavigating the globe. Its crew has already traveled 26,000 miles navigating with the sun, stars and waves.

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