An Uphill Battle For Medical Marijuana

April 17, 2012

Rachel Signer, Douser

Earlier this month in Oakland, the Federal government raided a center for training in marijuana cultivation. At least half a million people in California use marijuana as a form of treatment for medical conditions, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines, AIDS, and chemotherapy-related pain. One recent peer-reviewed org/news/2012/03/29/cannabinoid-agonist-moderates-hiv-progression-study-says'>study adds to a body of scientific literature that shows that cannabinoids (one of the main compounds in marijuana) can actually impede the progression of the HIV virus. In Washington DC, where medical marijuana was first legalized in 1998 but only voted into law in 2009, around ten marijuana cultivation centers are set to open as soon as next month. Being a Federal District, the city is bound to find itself in some tricky situations once the growing begins. As the grow houses--one of which will be under the auspices of talk show host and health advocate Montell Williams--begin operation, mostly in the Northeast neighborhood of DC, it will be fascinating to observe the challenges they encounter and the means they go through to move past them.

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