July 28, 2010
Using marijuana for some medical conditions is now legal in Washington, but patients won't be able to buy it any time soon.
The D.C. Council passed a medical marijuana law in May, but while the law was signed by the mayor, it still had to undergo a period of Congressional review that lasts 30 legislative days. That 30-day period concluded Monday, according to the mayor's office, so the law officially went into effect Tuesday.
Patients won't be able to get marijuana any time soon, however. The city still has to put in place regulations and license growers and stores. That is expected to take at least until the end of the year.
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