DC Dept. of Health May Subsidize Medical Marijuana for Low Income Patients

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The D.C. Department of Health may begin subsidizing medical marijuana for low income city residents.

Registered dispensaries “shall devote two percent of its annual gross revenue to provide medical marijuana on a sliding scale to qualifying patients,” according to an amendment notice filed with the D.C. Municipal Regulations department.

Qualifying patients will have an income equal to or less than twice the federal poverty level. They will be granted a discount of “not less than 20 percent” off the regular price.

At Capital City Care, one of the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries, an ounce of pot costs between $380 and $440.

It is unclear when the new regulation will take effect. It still needs to go through a 30-day review period. The city’s medical marijuana program officially kicked off in late July.

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