First marijuana growers in D.C. clear regulatory hurdles

Documents put city one stop closer to legal medical use

While the product’s supply chain is set up — plants must be at least 60 days old before they are harvested — demand in the city is yet to be determined.

The city’s health department will provide forms in early January to physicians who want to recommend qualified patients for medical marijuana. Patients can begin to register with health officials on or about Jan. 28 and must obtain a written recommendation from a doctor within 90 days. They also must register with a specific dispensary, although that process is contingent on dispensaries received their registration from the city, which will begin on or about Jan. 15.

Officials said more than 100 physicians are interested in the program, although the roster of patients is still unclear, said Brendan Williams-Kief, a spokesman for Mr. Catania.

“It’s a new program,” he said, “and people have to hear about it, ask their doctor about it and get the recommendation from their doctor.”

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