The District Of Columbia will begin accepting formal applications to grow or dispense medical marijuana Aug. 5, a significant step toward establishing the long-awaited program to aid the sick and dying, reports Tom Howell Jr. of The Washington Times.
Earlier this year, the D.C. Department of Health received 170 letters of intent — 64 for dispensaries and 106 for cultivation centers — from more than 80 separate entities, said agency Director Dr. Mohammad Akhter. City agencies vetted the letters of intent Tuesday, disqualifying 14 dispensary letters and 18 cultivation letters, Dr. Akhter said. That leaves 50 dispensary and 88 cultivation candidates to vying for five and 10 permits, respectively. Qualifying candidates have until Sept. 9 to submit their applications.
In February, Akhter promised the system would be up and running in 60 to 90 days. But concerns about federal or congressional intervention have slowed down the process.
“We’ve received information from the USDOJ, USAO expressing their concerns about this and we want to frankly be sure we acknowledge all the concerns that exist so that when we have a program to move forward it is sound as we can possible make it,” Mayor Vincent Gray said.
“The bottom line is we will be issuing licenses in the middle of December,” Akhter says.
Advocates counter that the process has stretched on too long and the regulations are too restrictive.
“The patients who are going to benefit from this program are fed up and are sick and tired of waiting. They’re sick of it. They want their medicine now,” says Adam Eidinger of the Medical Marijunana Service.
It’s been 13 years since D.C. voters approved medical marijuana, but legal blocks have slowed progress.
Whatever your medical condition, there’s not a lot better than good home cooking to make you feel better. This recipe will result in a mouth-wateringly moist banana loaf with that ‘added extra.’ To ensure that it is even better than just good, choose a marijuana strain that is recommended for your particular illness.
PREP TIME: 25 Min
BAKE TIME: 1 Hr
READY IN: 1 Hr 25 Min
- 2 cups (10 ounces) flour, plus more for dusting the pan
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 large eggs, beaten lightly
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 very ripe bananas, mashed well
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse
- A good amount of your chosen weed, ground or chopped
- 350° farenheit
- Gas mark 4
- Preheat oven. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan; dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
- In a large bowl, melt the butter and stir in your marijuana. Make sure all surfaces are covered with the butter. THC is fat soluble, so the long you leave the weed soak, the more potent your banana bread will be. This is a good store cupboard item anyway – we’ll call it green butter.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, mix the mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, green butter, and vanilla with a wooden spoon.
- Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined and the batter looks thick and chunky.
- Fold in walnuts as carefully as possible. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with very few crumbs, about 55-70 minutes.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. (The bread can be wrapped with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days).
Tip: This recipe is seriously SO delicious, try a warmed up slice and spread some cream cheese on top, you’ll seriously be in heaven! YUM!