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D.C. names possible marijuana cultivation centers

Friday - 3/30/2012, 1:08pm  ET

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Locations of the potential D.C. cultivation centers. (Google)

One step closer to buying medical marijuana in the District

WTOP's Mark Segraves

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WASHINGTON - The D.C. Department of Health has named six applicants who can continue moving forward in their bids to establish medical marijuana cultivation centers in the District.

The applicants and their proposed center locations were named Friday after review by a six-member panel and input from Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. All of the locations are in the city's Northeast quadrant.

Five are in Ward 5 -- four clustered within a few blocks in the Langdon neighborhood of Northeast -- and one is in Ward 7.

The applicants and their potential center locations are:

  • Abatin Wellness Center 1
    2146 Queens Chapel Road NE
    Washington, DC 20018

  • Montana Apothecary dba Alternative Solutions
    2170 24th Place NE
    Washington, DC 20018

  • District Growers (1)
    2417 Evarts Street NE
    Washington, DC 20018

  • Holistic Remedies (1)
    1840 Fenwick Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002

  • Phyto Management, LLC
    3701 Benning Road NE
    Washington, DC 20019

  • Venture Forth dba Center City
    2210 Channing Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002

D.C. officials expect medical marijuana to bring in about $500,000 in taxes and fees in the program's first four years. Patients will pay a 6 percent sales tax, even though the District does not tax prescription drugs.

Patients also will pay $100 per year for a registration card -- an amount that can be lessened to $25 if patients qualify for assistance. Growers and sellers will pay multiple fees ranging from $25 to $10,000.

The applicants named Friday now must apply for business licenses, building permits, certificates of occupancy and meet other requirements before being registered to operate their cultivation centers.

The District is expected to announce five medical marijuana distribution centers on June 8. Officials hope to have those centers open by the end of the year.

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