DC Council wants expanded medical marijuana access - myfoxcarolinas.com

DC Council wants expanded medical marijuana access

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council wants doctors to be able to prescribe medical marijuana to any patient they think would benefit from it.

Currently, medical marijuana can only be prescribed in the District of Columbia to people suffering from a short list of conditions, including AIDS.

The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/m7h2gzw ) reports that all 13 councilmembers have pledged to support a bill that would eliminate that list and leave decisions about medical marijuana up to doctors.

Medical marijuana has been available in the District since last year, but just 400 patients have been approved for its use. Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who chairs the council's health committee, says the program needs to be expanded to benefit more residents.

Earlier this year, the council decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Latest health newsMore>>

  • New wristband will shock users if they miss fitness goals

    New wristband will shock users if they miss fitness goals

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:02:43 GMT
    A new wristband design will deliver an electric shock if the wearer does not meet fitness goals. The Pavlok wristband will be designed to track daily performance. According to the company’s website, the Pavlok compels you into keeping workout and fitness goals by using feedback, reinforcement and electric shock. READ MORE: http://pavlok.com/
    A new wristband design will deliver an electric shock if the wearer does not meet fitness goals. The Pavlok wristband will be designed to track daily performance. According to the company’s website, the Pavlok compels you into keeping workout and fitness goals by using feedback, reinforcement and electric shock. READ MORE: http://pavlok.com/
  • Study: 7 hours of sleep optimal

    Study: 7 hours of sleep optimal

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:22:41 GMT
    Sleep studies show that 7 hours of sleep is the optimal amount. People who say they get between 6.5 and 7.5 hours live longer than people who get more or less. The CDC is putting together a panel of doctors to review the literature and come up with new recommendations.
    Sleep studies show that 7 hours of sleep is the optimal amount. People who say they get between 6.5 and 7.5 hours live longer than people who get more or less. The CDC is putting together a panel of doctors to review the literature and come up with new recommendations.
  • Cuddling could improve health

    Cuddling could improve health

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:12:56 GMT
    You think of cuddling up on the couch with your significant other when it's cold outside. But there's some evidence we should be cuddling more to stay healthy.
    You think of cuddling up on the couch with your significant other when it's cold outside. But there's some evidence we should be cuddling more to stay healthy.

Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices