Posts Tagged ‘medical marijuana


We Grow It But Let’s Not Dispense It

The outcry from Ward 5 residents must not have accomplished or gotten their point across to City leaders. According to the Washington Post, Ward 5 will be home to six cultivation centers for medical marijuana, with four of them located in Langdon. Below is an excerpt of their locations:

Williams’s cultivation center, Abatin Wellness Center, has been approved for the 2100 block of Queens Chapel Road in Langdon, according to a city list obtained by The Washington Post.

The department also selected Montana Apothecary dba Alternative Solutions in the 2100 block of 24th Place NE in Langdon; District Growers in the 2400 block of Evarts Street NE in Langdon; Holistic Remedies in 1800 block of Fenwick Street NE in Ivy City; Phyto Management in the 3700 block of Benning Road NE in Benning; and Venture Forth dba Center City in the 2200 block of Channing Street NE in Langdon.

One of the approved centers will be in Ward 7 but because of successful legislating by that Ward’s Councilmember, the center will not be able to stay in that location.

Thanks to the DCist for putting together a map of the locations in Ward 5.

Should residents be concerned about cultivation centers? Residents were told that security will be high and from the outside, no one should be able to tell if a building is a cultivation center.

Mohammad N. Akhter, director of the Health Department, said he and a task force evaluated dozens of bidders before selecting the six applicants. Akhter said they were chosen based on their ability to grow “quality” marijuana “in a safe environment” that includes heavy security.

I think the bigger concern for residents is the actual marijuana distribution centers. There are 17 applications for the five licenses to operate a dispensary and if residents in Ward 5 want to ensure that they truly are not the recipients of all of these dispensaries, I would suggest taking your lobbying and public angst to the next level. Decisions on the five licenses will be handed out this summer. The dispensaries should be allocated to where the residents who need medical marijuana are, not clustered in one area.

Councilmember Orange passed legislation recently that would limit the amount of cultivation centers could be in Ward 5 to six (which is odd since this was very close to the total number of licenses being handed out anyway). Perhaps Mr. Orange could limit the amount of dispensaries in Ward 5 to say….maybe one? Patients of medical marijunia live across the City and the dispensaries should reflect that. If we want to make this about the patients, as Montel Williams wanted, we should make the access of these centers easy.

Ward 5 may grow it but we don’t need to be the ones to dispense it.


Legal Drugs in Our Area

In case anyone else missed it, the City’s first medical marijuana cultivation center is being looked at for 411 New York Ave NE. The proprietor of this cultivation center, which is allowed 95 plants by law, is Montgomery Blair Sibley. Sibley is a “controversial” attorney and is considering the property along New York Ave NE.

Now, this blog doesn’t usually stray from the RIA corridor unless there is development that could possibly impact the Avenue. I believe this is a case that might have an overall impact on Ward 5 and redevelopment of the culture of our Ward and the Avenue. When you have a supply of something, there needs to be a place to sell that something. In this case, the possibility that dispensaries could start popping up all over Ward 5 and the Avenue are higher in most cases given the proximity to the cultivation center. As in retail, many stores stay in close proximity to its distribution centers to minimize overhead costs and maximize profit and supply. There have not been any dispensaries considered for RIA that I am aware of but it doesn’t mean they are not coming. In addition, as the DCist points out, Ward 5 is already being the “dumping ground” for the rest of the Districts nuisances (i.e. nightclubs, strip clubs).

It also seems that the ANC has not taken a stance on the issue either….in my opinion, I haven’t seen the ANC take a stand against anything lately. Decency, quality, and neighborhood-friendly seem to be trumped by low paying jobs, redevelop to anything types of economic growth in Ward 5 when it is the opposite in nearly every other Ward….which is why we complain but don’t act.

(Photo credit to and from DCist)

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