LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. Department of Health hopes the city’s medical marijuana program will be up and running by the end of June, and District residents have been able to submit applications to take part since the beginning of June.

But Department of Health spokeswoman Najma Roberts says only 20 city doctors have requested information about the program so far. And, when it launches, the list of doctors who are approved by DOH to write medical marijuana prescriptions will not be released due to a regulation written into the law.

Those seeking a prescription — those with HIV, AIDS, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other chronic conditions — will have to be referred by their primary care physician, she said.

The D.C. Council legalized medical marijuana in 2010, so the program is long-awaited. Prescription-seekers and already-established dispensaries and cultivation centers are eager for it to kick-off.

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