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Marijuana, Slow Movement on Medicalization Of Stoned? No, D.C.'s slowpoke regulators are just paranoid.

D.C. voters OKed medical pot in 1998. After Congress finally allowed the referendum validity, the D.C. Council passed a law enabling it in 2010. But don’t plan on taking that first legal toke soon: Officials are still weighing applications for the small number of facilities allowed under the District’s hyper-cautious regulations. Things are moving so slowly that it’s tempting to wonder whether the people in charge are too stoned to work faster. In fact, fear of a federal crackdown probably explains the slow-walking. With DEA agents raiding West Coast pot operations and the Justice Department reversing itself on whether the feds will abide by state medical marijuana rules, D.C.’s government looks like it’s trying to do everything nice and slow so as not to attract attention from Capitol Hill. Which might be fine, except that there are patients waiting on the stuff.

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