The Washington Examiner reports that three local medical marijuana dispensaries are preparing to open soon, but are still facing backlash from the vocal Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D, among others.
The three dispensaries opening in the next month appear geographically dispersed: one in the Capitol Hill area of Eastern Market, one near NoMa on North Capitol Street, and one in the Takoma neighborhood of Northwest:
Vanessa West, general manager for Metropolitan Wellness Center at 409 Eighth St. SE, said the facility pushed back its opening date to mid-April because it is waiting for a grower to produce marijuana to sell.
It is one of three businesses poised to begin accepting patients next month; the other two are Center City Care at 1334 North Capitol St. NW and Takoma Wellness Center at 6925 Blair Road NW.
However, the chair of local Neighborhood Advisory Commission 5D, Kathy Henderson, suggests that her area has too many dispensaries:
“Despite our vociferous objections, we were dumped upon, and the dumping upon Ward 5 has to stop,” Kathy Henderson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission chairman for Ward 5D, testified Wednesday. “There are other viable treatment protocols for citizens that are suffering.”
None of the three dispensaries mentioned in the Examiner article are anywhere near ANC5D; however, ANC 5D is home to one cultivation center, which is essentially a highly-secured and regulated greenhouse in an industrial-zoned area.
Thanks to reader Levi for his tip on this.