Weed Approved in Washington, DC
The District of Columbia Council approved a measure allowing patients suffering from certain chronic illnesses to receive two ounces per month of medical marijuana from city-regulated dispensaries. The vote was unanimous. New York Times reports that the medical marijuana amount allowed per patient each month may be moved up by the mayor to four ounces without further council action. Patients with glaucoma, cancer, HIV and other chronic illnesses may soon be prescribed medical marijuana in the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is believed to help with side effects from chemotherapy. For glaucoma patients, marijuana can lower eye pressure. As long as federal lawmakers don't object, DC will join the 14 states that currently allow marijuana for medical purposes.